WEB DESK: For more than a half century Rickshaws have been an essential source of transport for the masses in Asia. Now they are all set to make inroads into the United States.
A Rickshaw factory based in Amsterdam has signed a deal with Denver-based eTuk USA that allows the company to manufacture and sell an electric version of the vehicle.
The company’s founder has decided to replace the loud pollution spitting versions common in Asia and South America so the urban residence and tourist can use it all across the country.
It will be an early speculation to know if the American people will embrace tuk-tuks.
Michael Fox director of sales and marketing for eTuk USA, says the company has been selling the vehicles across the country to individuals, marketing companies and food vendors for between $16,950 and $25,000.
eTuk Denver, launched a call and demand shuttle services in downtown Denver after receiving approval from the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, which regulates for hire transportation services.
But like car-sharing services, the tuk-tuk has faced some pushback from a handful of cab companies and other shuttle operators — and raised concerns about the vehicles’ safety.
Terry Bote, a commission spokesman, said several cab and shuttle companies were successful in restricting where the tuk-tuks can operate, what types and how many vehicles can be used and how many passengers each vehicle can carry.
However, the people are highly concern about the safety of this vehicle. They are still contemplating the issues that they will have to face. Sherry Williams, chairman of a committee of independent researchers on motorcycle safety, said helmets should be required and passengers need to be aware of the possible danger in the event of an accident, even at slow speeds.
“Most motorcycle accidents occur less than 30 mph, and many of them are fatal. This is a serious issue,” she said.
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