An auto rickshaw is generally characterized by a tin/iron body resting on three small wheels (one in front, two on the rear), a small cabin for the driver (called an auto-wallah in some areas) in the front and seating for three in the rear. Autos are generally fitted with a motorcycle version of a two-stroke engine with a handlebar for control (again like motorcycles) instead of a steering wheel, effectively making them a three-wheeler motorcycle carrying passengers on the rear seat.
One of the major brands of auto rickshaws in Pakistan is Vespa - Italian Company. In addition to ferrying people around. The problem of environmental pollution caused by auto rickshaws in major Pakistani cities is a growing menace. Environment Canada is implementing pilot projects in Lahore, Karachi and Quetta with engine technology developed in Mississauga that uses CNG instead of leaded petrol in the two-stroke engines.
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djsmack (64) 2005-01-04 1:35
Nice composition. I like the angle and point of view.
I like the colors in the photo as well.
Great note and contribution to understanding of world issues.
duder (359) 2005-12-13 23:34
Interesting note and an interesting view of these machines, which I had never seen before. Cheers.
pranab (5354) 2006-02-06 0:36
they are old and graceful representing the daily hard work and the culture.
good pov and good color.
kajspice (4542) 2006-04-21 16:56
Been waiting for something new from you for a while...
I think the idea is good, but I cant help comparing it to this picture. I think he has really got it right with the contrast and the point of view, with emphasis on the nearset rickshaw...what do you think? it would have been great to see more detail of the funky rickshaw (2nd one in).
- Copyright: Mujtaba Khan (mugush) (2098)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-06-19
- Categories: Daily Life
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Interesting Transportation [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-01-03 12:22
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