Tuk tuk aka Auto Rickshaw

Am sure some of you guys would’ve spotted these small motorbike kinda taxis services on the road in Johannesburg. It is called a Tuk tuk. In my country (India) we call them Auto. I was surprised to find these vehicles on the road. They have been imported from India to SA.


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Some info:

Auto rickshaws are a common means of public transportation in many countries in the world. Also known as a three-wheeler,Samosa, tempo, tuk-tuk, trishaw, auto, rickshaw, autorick, bajaj, rick, tricycle, mototaxi, baby taxi or lapa in popular parlance, an auto rickshaw is a usually three-wheeled cabin cycle for private use and as a Vehicle for hire. It is a motorized version of the traditional pulled rickshaw or cycle rickshaw. Auto rickshaws are an essential form of urban transport in many developing countries, and a form of novelty transport in many Eastern countries.


African and Indian three-wheelers have followed the original design of the Piaggio Ape C, from 1948, which was originally based on the Vespa. In India, Bajaj Auto produced under Piaggio license from 1959 to 1974.

Auto rickshaws of Southeast Asia started from the knockdown production of the Daihatsu which had been introduced in 1957.[1]Japan had been exporting three-wheelers to Thailand since 1934.

The word rickshaw originates from the Japanese word “Jinrikisha” (人力車, 人 jin = human, 力 riki = power or force, 車 sha = vehicle), which literally means “Human-powered vehicle”. -wikipedia



  1. – I like your pictures a lot bteter than mine. =) I did survived Cambodia. I was thinking about you every time I got bitten by a mosquito. loL! I’ll send you an email about my adventures there. Miss you!

  2. Tuk-tuks, also known as auto rickshaws, are becoming an increasingly common sight on South Africa’s roads because people are trying to travel short distances at lower costs than driving and at less risk than walking.

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