In countries like Egypt, the Philippines and India, auto-rickshaws—called anything from “tricycles” to “tuk-tuks”—are zippy, motorized, three-wheeled vehicles that double as transport and moving street art, as shown in the pictures below.
In India, these “glamorized” vehicles are about to become even more pervasive. NPR reported today that permits for auto-rickshaws in New Delhi are set to double. Rickshaw drivers often attract customers by decorating their vehicles with festive colors and embellishments, including seats adorned with Bollywood movie posters.
Meanwhile, just west in Gujarat State, the city of Rajkot, in partnership with EMBARQ India, launched its first auto-rickshaw fleet today. With so many auto-rickshaws populating the road, how to choose which one to take may just be a matter of aesthetics.