2-stroke motorcycle rickshaws banned
By Anjum Herald Gill
LAHORE: The Punjab Transport Department has banned the registration of two-stroke engine motorcycle rickshaws as public transport in Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Multan from today (September 1).
The department issued the notice under the Supreme Court’s directions.
Taking suo moto action, the court directed all the provinces on May 23, 2003, to deal with air and noise pollution in major cities of the country. Secretary Transport Agha Nadeem told Daily Times that the government took two years to formulate the policy to ban the rickshaws which were a major source of noise and air pollution.
“Earlier, the government had no alternative to two-stroke engine rickshaws as public transport. But now, with the introduction of CNG four-stroke engine rickshaws as an alternative, we issued the ban notice,” he said. The Punjab government banned registration of two-stroke motor-cab rickshaws (scooter rickshaws) in major cities in January.
“The government’s transport policy says that all motorcycle and scooter rickshaws should be eliminated in major cities by the end of 2007. The pollution will be reduced to the minimum with the introduction of CNG four-stroke engine scooter rickshaws,” said Nadeem.
A highly placed government source said that pollution would be reduced tremendously if the traffic police properly implemented the motor vehicle fitness law. He said that the law says that vehicles emitting smoke were banned on city roads and the majority of the public transport fell into that category.