The three-wheeling menace called ‘Qingqis’ must be regulated

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We all travel from one place to another almost every day. There is one thing we all see in common; yes exactly you got me right, Chinkchee which is nothing but just a destruction of the word ‘Qingqi’. Have you ever noticed why the trend of Qingqi is increasing? It’s still questionable for many of us but there are reasoning which may satisfy you.

Qingqis are found in large population in major cities of Pakistan such as Karachi and Lahore. Interestingly though, the thing about Qingqis is that they are not being registered like other proper public transport vehicles. Being unregistered means that they don’t have any proper records with the government and which also proves that they don’t have laws to govern them.

Have you ever traveled in a chinkchee? I have, and I can easily say that the only thing which attracts me is its fare, nothing else. I guess travelling in a chinkchee is nothing but just being selfish to yourself and the society. Have you ever noticed that these chinkchees create huge amounts of noise and air pollution? We are already deprived of fresh air and then these chinkchees add up to more.

The seats you get to sit on are nothing but just a source of pain. Not only this, I would also add up that there is no safety for the passengers, At least for the ones who are sitting at the back side of it. It is in essence, a death trap being pulled by non-trained rider on a 70cc motorcycle. Which barely has enough power to get out its own way and they have at time, 7 passengers including the rider.

If a car behind you has fail brakes, you’re nothing but dead. Is this why you’d prefer to travel in a chinckchee and save up some 30 40 rupees?! To avoid criticism I would also state that your life is more precious than just saving up some money. Now I understand that there’s no alternate, buses are slowly decreasing in number and on the CNG holidays, they just vanish then the difference in fares, I agree but these Qingqi and their drivers are nothing but a nuisance for other drivers.

Have you ever realized why these chinckees charge you at such minimal rates? I’ll tell you why. They are not registered and they don’t need to pay the taxes like other public transporters do. Also through sources, I would like to tell you that the bikes they use are stolen and all they need to do is just add up a cart behind it. The cost of buying a bike is exempted for them.

As chinkchees can be easily made, every other person goes on making their own chinkchee and start finding on for passengers. There are more chinkchees and fewer people to ride on them now. But do they ever realize that there is already so much of traffic found everywhere and there is lack of parking too?

Personally, I really don’t have issue with chinkchees, and also, in my opinion, I would say that they somehow represent the rich culture and heritage of Pakistan. The art work they get done on these chinkchees become tourist attraction. It might have happened to a lot of you guys that your relatives visit you from abroad and they urge you to get them a ride on a chinkchee and show them the art work done on them.

All I would want to say is that government should take strict actions against these chinkchees by getting them registered, regulated and setting a limit on the availability of chinkchees on the road. Not everyone can wake up and get on the road.

It is funny to see that while the world is engaged in debate to regulate self-driving cars, here though, we aren’t even able to regulate some damn Qingqis.

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7 Comments
  1. Ahmed Hembel says

    BTW they are mostly 100cc 😀 Still should be regulated

  2. Mustafa Altaf says

    Tell this to a poor man with 7 kids and an income of around 10000 per month !!
    Life is no Nintendo game

  3. Baber Kaleem Khan says

    A) He shouldnt have 7 kids if he couldnt afford them, and b) These should be regulated for everyoned benefit. Right now, even 10 y.o. kids are riding these. And there are so many of these now that the road look like a mess. All we r asking for is these must be regulated.

  4. Ahmad Imran Ghazi says

    Qingqi – It's about time that some correctional measures of permanent nature should be introduced to improvise the multifaceted problems growing due to these widely used vehicles.

    This type of machine may be preferred for agricultural/industrial purposes to carry small amount of bulk/raw materials/finished goods, etc. This type of use should be limited only to specific paved/unpaved routes and within prescribed time frames and speed limits.

    The vehicles' s passengers carriage should be stopped, immediately. The vehicle has not been designed professionally & technically; thus poses an enormous risk to road & passengers' safety. I concur with my friend's version that passengers and other road sharers are very much vulnerable to meet any kind of unforeseeable eventualities at the merciless hands of Qingqi drivers and spineless manufacturers.

    There's no question of regulation arises in this matter. There are government authorities who are empowered to monitor and control and reponsible for the manufacturing, sale and operation of all the vehicles in Pakistan. This is an open secret that there exist numerous laws, standards, regulations, etc. to effectively control such inventions. This is completely illogical to allow a segment (Qingqi Drivers & Manufacturers) of society to risk the lives of another segment (Innocent Passengers & Road Sharers).

    Environmentally Hazardous Noise, Narrowing of Roads, Mass add up to already growing volume of poisonous emissions and slowing of traffic flow are other issues these vehicles are causing to the environment and people in general. When we compare the effects of the vehicle its being unregistered, unregulated and unlawfully and carelessly operated by uneducated and unlicensed operators with the effects the same is causing to our environment and human beings we conclude the latter are more heinous and harmful in nature than the former might have been.

    Whenever the debate starts two very prominent but pertinent issues are framed I.e. 1. Livelihood of Qingqi Operators & families; 2. Deprivation to commuters who travel by Qingqi s.

    Possible answer to issue 1 above could be that there are many NGOs and bodies working successfully in Pakistan for poverty alleviation and economic uplift of financially weak and poor people of the society. Akhuwat & Kashaf Foundation are the examples. They provide micro-finance to poor people to start business on their own and once established they should pay back their loaned amount to the financier for such other people's use and benefit. Government may ask a consultant to conduct a study and submit his recommendations to introduce a change to whole scenario.

    The humble answer to the issue 2 above could be induction of more buses and introduction of light transit train in major cities of Pakistan. Mass Transit Infrastructure development is a must to achieve this goal. Government of Punjab is already working on these lines despite an enormous and indiscriminatory criticism coming from all sides of the province and the country.

    Tens of Thousands of new cars are coming to the roads throughout Pakistan. There's no more room left to accommodate such influx. Roads are already clogged and on top of everything this Qingqi Syndrome!

    One very interesting fact about the whole scenario should not be missed I.e. Qingqi traffic is only limited to the thickly populated and slum areas of the city. Such traffic is not allowed in posh and cantonment areas of the cities………..

    Qingqis' accidents cause more deaths than kiteflying and we are nation who put a ban on one evil and let the other play with lives of many………….

    Comments, corrections and insights are always welcome!

  5. Ahmed Talal says

    Baber Kaleem Khan Tell the poor not to have 7 kids. In fact, they should not have any. In fact, they should not even get married!!! Sitting in air conditioned rooms, traveling in air conditioned cars and uttering crap is not going to change any thing. Improve living status of people here and you won't see these "chingchis". Oh! How to do that? No we can't. Because our people always vote the same shitty politicians. So, bear it instead of criticizing it. Chingchi, if they impose penalties on drivers for overloading, not having proper license and route permit, giving smoke, can become a safe mean of transportion here in this country. These three wheeler motor cycle rickshaws are also common in so many other countries. I have seen them in Thailand, Brazil, India, Indonesia and so on. But they have regulations. 🙂

  6. Mustafa Altaf says

    Baber Kaleem Khan you cant even afford one kid with such salary….

  7. Baber Kaleem Khan says

    I know ny comment was quite cold. These people must be educated that you cant keep on going to have kids. They then go into all sorts of trouble. I mean. People here would get my point, but it works both ways, government and people. More kids, more problems for u, society, government and so o n.

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