The Sindh government has issued the notification regarding the fares for travelling in Qingqi rickshaws in the province. The new fares are in accordance with the directives of the apex judiciary in this regard.
On 1st March, the notification was issued by the Sindh transport secretary. According to the notification, to comply with the Supreme Court (SC) orders, the provincial government had announced fixed fares for the Qingqi rickshaws under the Provincial Motor Vehicle Ordinance 1965. The notification was asked to be implemented with the immediate effect.
After the notification, the fare for travelling in the Qingqi rickshaws will be Rs10 per passenger for a distance of up to six kilometres, whereas, for a distance above six kilometres, the fare will be Rs15 per passenger.
The notification also mentions some required specifications for the Qingqi rickshaws which are as follows:
1- The Qingqi rickshaws should have a valid fitness certificate from the Motor Vehicle Examination Centre of the Sindh transport and mass transit department, which should be displayed prominently on the body of the vehicle, in compliance with an order of the apex court.
2- The vehicles are also supposed to have a valid registration number plate issued by the Motor Vehicle Registration Wing of the excise and taxation department, which should also be displayed properly in compliance with the SC order.
3- The Qingqi rickshaws should also have a valid route permit issued by the regional authority of the transport and mass transit department, which will specify the routes on which the vehicles will ply on.
4- The seating capacity of any Qingqi rickshaw should not be more than four passengers, excluding the driver, in compliance with the SC directives.
The Sindh government has also directed the drivers of Qingqi rickshaws to have valid driving licenses issued by the relevant authority.
The drivers have also been warned that any violation in the given conditions will be proceeded under the relevant criminal rules and administrative directives as per the judicial orders.