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Rickshaws, tuk-tuk or moto taxis

Definitions, laws, use on roads and footpaths. 

This content is for general information only. It does not, and is not intended to, provide legal or technical advice or to represent a legal interpretation of the matters it addresses.

Frequently asked questions

What are the Types of Rickshaws, Tuk-tuks or Moto-taxis

Definition

Pulled rickshaw

A type of human-powered transport where a person pulls a two-wheeled cart which seats up to two people.

Cycle rickshaw or pedicab

A type of human-powered transport where a person on a bicycle pulls a two-wheeled cart which seats up to two people.

Auto rickshaw, tuk-tuk or moto-taxi

A motorised version of the original pulled and cycle rickshaws commonly used as vehicles for hire.

Electric rickshaw, e-rickshaw or e-tuk-tuk

A three-wheeled vehicle pulled by an electric motor 650-1400 w

 

If a rickshaw or tuk-tuk is fitted with a small engine or electric motor of any kind including e-bike it is essentially considered to be a mechanically propelled vehicle (MPV)

Under road traffic law if an MPV is used in a public place it is subject to all of the regulatory controls that apply to other vehicles i.e., it must be roadworthy, registered, taxed and comply with all regulations mentioned below.

The driver must have appropriate driving licence and insurance to drive that vehicle.