RAWALPINDI – The Regional Transport Authority (RTA) Rawalpindi has started crackdown on two stroke rickshaws for being a major source of environmental pollution and impounded over 150 rickshaws in different police stations of the city. 

On the other hand, rickshaw union leader Abdul Hameed Shinwari along with scores of protesters staged a protest against crackdown on two stroke rickshaws on Murree Road the other day. The protesters were carrying placards inscribed with slogans against the operation.

They said that RTA was forcing them to install new four stroke engines of a specific brand which are not only of bad quality but also very expensive. The operation would leave thousands of poor rickshaw drivers without employment, they added.

Rickshaw union office bearers threatened to seize RTA office if operation against two stroke rickshaws was not stopped immediately.

It should be mentioned here that around 4,000 two stroke registered rickshaws are plying on the roads of Rawalpindi city in sheer defiance of anti environmental pollution norms. However, manufacturing of these rickshaws was stopped from January 2007 while the Punjab government had imposed full ban on these rickshaws from 2007.