Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Rickshaws in London

Rickshaw in LondonThere are few things I associate more closely with Asia (and India in particular) than the sight of rickshaws on the streets. I know I am back home when I can see cycle-rickshaws and auto-rickshaws on the street. That seems to be changing. Here's a picture of a rickshaw I clicked on Oxford Street during my trip to London a few weeks back.

Tuc Tuc in UKAnd, earlier in the week I found this article (through DesiPundit) which describes the Tuctuc, a cool new taxi service based on Indian auto-rickshaws for the US, USA and other countries. Here are pictures of the TucTuc from Brightham, UK, where it was first introduced. The Tuctuc rickshaws run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and some models have built-in Wifi and 17" color TVs! You can find more pictures of the TucTuc here.

Tuc Tuc in UK

9 comments:

Aparna Kar said...

Interesting!

Sig said...

:) Love that rikshaw with the british flag... a few years ago I heard there were plans on introducing the rikshaws in NY city, wonder why that never took off ;)

Shantanu said...

@Aparna: Welcome to my blog!

@sig: I think their expansion plans have been slower than planned; I suspect most of it in getting certified by safety standards of these countries.

Anil P said...

Wi Fi and TVs? I hope they'll let the sights along the road mesmerise travelers instead :)

BeeLee said...

They look very interesting, I have never taken a ride in such a vehicle before, would definitely give it a try when I get a chance :-)

Shantanu said...

@anil: Funny, isn't it. I would not have thought Wifi and TV would make sense for a auto-rickshaw!

@beelee: You should try it in India. It doubles as a roller-coaster ride here :)

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