Kathmandu's Female Rickshaw Driver

Collection with 14 media items created by vincenzo floramo

Nepal 10 Mar 2016 00:00

"Driving it is all about confidence. Without that it is almost impossible” says Brinda, a 47 year old Nepali, and an electric powered 'Tempo' driver (rickshaw is usually called 'Tempo' in Nepal). Introduced in Nepal in the early 1990s, the electric three-wheel rickshaw is a clean alternative solution to the high polluting diesel powered tempo.
These small vehicles operate as a collective minibus, which can transport up to 12 passengers including the driver. Each tempo uses two big sets of batteries that provide Brinda with enough power for eight round trips on her 16 km circle route from Kathmandu Mall to Galfutar, a nearby town in the Kathmandu valley.
Brinda is a successful mother and business woman, working for almost 14 hours a day from 5.30 am to 7 pm. She manages to have a daily income of 30 USD. Out of that she has to pay expenses for battery recharges, drivers labor union organization fees and parking fees, a total of 7 USD per day.

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Nepal Rickshaw Driver 01
Kathmandu
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10 Mar 2016

Women drivers at the "Tempo" parking terminal at Kathmandu mall. The electric powered rickshaws start service at 7 am.

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Nepal Rickshaw Driver 02
Kathmandu
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09 Mar 2016

"Driving it is all about confidence, without that it is almost impossible" says Brinda Raut, a 47 year old Nepali and an electric powered Tempo driver. While parking at the garage, she does maintenance on her vehicle. In Nepal, a rickshaw is usually called "Tempo".

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Nepal Rickshaw Driver 03
Kathmandu
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09 Mar 2016

Brinda Raut, 47, drives carefully through the chaotic Kathmandu traffic.
"I think a woman drives more carefully than a man. In Nepal, a man is usually a bully on the road. Many have no family and do not care if they have an accident. Women have to take care for their daughters and sons" Brinda recalls.

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Nepal Rickshaw Driver 04
Kathmandu
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09 Mar 2016

Brinda (left side) having some fun with another female driver of an electric powered rickshaw during a battery recharge pit stop. Fifty per cent of these vehicles are driven by women.

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Nepal Rickshaw Driver 05
Kathmandu
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09 Mar 2016

During rush hours, passengers queue at Ratna park bus stop in downtown Kathmandu to get a ride in a rickshaw.
The small electric tricycle called 'Tempo' can transport only 12 passengers, including the driver.

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Nepal Rickshaw Driver 06
Kathmandu
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09 Mar 2016

Brinda guides her "Tempo" through traffic on her 16 kilometer circle route inside Kathmandu valley.

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Nepal Rickshaw Driver 07
Kathmandu
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08 Mar 2016

A three-wheel rickshaw in Katmandu's Ratna Park, If a driver is caught with more than 10 passengers or a customer leaves the vehicle outside of a designated pick-up or drop-off area, the driver will have to pay a fine.

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Nepal Rickshaw Driver 08
Kathmandu
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09 Mar 2016

Passengers in an electric powered rickshaw Tempo drivens by Brinda. Many people think it is much safer and cheaper to travel by the slow speed white colored three-wheeled 'Tempo'.

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Nepal Rickshaw Driver 09
Kathmandu
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09 Mar 2016

A passenger pays the driver after the ride. Sometimes in a crowd a customer will run off without paying. fortunately with the low cost of a ticket, at the end of the day that is not a big loss for the driver.

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Nepal Rickshaw Driver 10
Kathmandu
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09 Mar 2016

Workers of the Nepali Electric Vehicle Company changing the batteries in Brinda's rickshaw.

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Nepal Rickshaw Driver 11
Kathmandu
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09 Mar 2016

Brinda waits for her spare battery to be replaced with a fully charged one so she can drive eight 16 kilometer round trips.

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Nepal Rickshaw Driver 12
Kathmandu
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10 Mar 2016

The parking attendant at the Katmandu Mall rickshaw terminal. He gets paid a daily fee by each driver to deal with the queue of departing rickshaws.

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Nepal Rickshaw Driver 13
Kathmandu
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08 Mar 2016

An electric three-wheeled "Tempo" navigates through evening rush hour traffic in Katmandu.

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Nepal Rickshaw Driver 14
Kathmandu
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09 Mar 2016

Brinda finishes work at 7 pm and heads home to take care of her son Shakti.