Indian Couple Doing Bad In Rickshaw
An auto rickshaw (in India), also known as a three-wheeler, samosa, tempo, tuk-tuk, trishaw, autorick, bajaj (in Indonesia), bajaji (in Madagascar and Tanzania), keke Napep or Maruwa (in Nigeria), rick, tricycle, mototaxi, baby taxi, lapa or tukxi (Piaggio Ape Calessino) in popular parlance, is a motorized development of the traditional pulled rickshaw or cycle rickshaw.
Most have three wheels and do not tilt. An exception is in Cambodia, where two different types of vehicles are called tuk-tuks, one of which (also known as a remorque) has four wheels and comprises a motorcycle (which leans) and trailer (which does not).
The auto rickshaw is a common form of urban transport, both as a vehicle for hire and for private use, in many countries around the world, especially those with tropical or subtropical climates, including many developing countries.
Daihatsu Midget Model DKA
In 1947, Corradino D’Ascanio, aircraft designer at Piaggio and inventor of the Vespa, came up with the idea of building a light three-wheeled commercial vehicle to power Italy’s post-war economic reconstruction. The Piaggio Ape followed suit.
Auto rickshaws in Southeast Asia started from the knockdown production of the Daihatsu Midget which was introduced in 1957.
Japan exported three-wheelers to Thailand since 1934. Moreover, The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of Japan donated about 20,000 used three-wheelers to Southeast Asia. In Japan, three-wheelers went out of use in the latter half of the 1960s.
There are many different auto rickshaw types, designs, and variations. The most common type is characterized by a sheet-metal body or open frame resting on three wheels, a canvas roof with drop-down side curtains, a small cabin at the front for the driver (sometimes known as an auto-wallah) with handlebar controls, and a cargo, passenger, or dual purpose space at the rear.
Daihatsu E-series engines are common in newer models.
Auto rickshaws were first used as a medium of advertising in 2001. India’s consumer review website MouthShut.com pioneered the concept of painting their logos on the backs of the hood of these auto rickshaws India’s leading newspaper DNA reports the story of how Mouthshut.com CEO Faisal Farooqui convinced auto rickshaw drivers to let him paint behind their rickshaws. Auto rickshaw advertising is a cost-effective advertisement for websites, and an extra source of income for auto
There are tuk-tuks in several Kenyan towns. Using them is somewhat cheaper than ordinary taxis. However, tuk-tuks cannot operate in mountainous towns, which are common in Kenya. Fierce competition with boda-bodas (bicycle taxis) and matatus (minibuses) hinders popularity of tuk-tuks, especially in the interior of Kenya. While they may not be widely found in Kenya, they are numerous in the coastal regions, which are less mountainous. For example, in the towns of Malindi and mombasa.also they are becoming popular in nakuru and kissumu on the shores of lake victoria
Tuk-tuks are also common in Ethiopia and are becoming common in Tanzania, particularly in the outer areas of Dar es Salaam.
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