INTRODUCTION: While most of the world's modern capitals are choking with traffic, and there are worries about the future of the motor car, the cities of Asia are rapidly losing an order mode of transport.
SV Reporter in Tri-shaw along road then gets out.
SV Reporter speaking
SV Tri-shaws in street and people getting in and out. (2 shots)
GV Busy street with cars. (2 shots)
CU Signs saying "No Tri-shaws" PAN DOWN TO tri-shaws parked.
SV Tri-shaws in street (2 shots)
SV Policemen looking out for tri-shaws.
SV Tri-shaws pushed together in police compound. (2 shots)
SV Tri-shaws in street. (3 shots)
SEQ. 2: MUNCKTON: "They may seem like the ideal from of Asian transport. Certainly they're cheap; they're pollution free, and there's no shortage of young men looking for work, but the days of the Asian tri-shaw, or betchuks, as they're called in Indonesia are already numbered. They've been the main form of transport for the masses of low income Asians for as long as anyone can remember. Now they're being gradually squeezed out of the scene for a variety of reasons - not all necessarily connected with development and more efficient means of transport. They've already been banned from Bangkok, the Thai capital and in other Asian countries they're also relegated to the Provinces. In Jakarta, they're slowly being moved out of the city centre to serve a rapidly decreasing suburban area.
In Jakarta, officially at least, the ban on the Betchuks is because of traffic chaos and insufficient new roads to handle the thousands of new motor vehicles every year. There's no doubt the lowly tri-shaw does restrict the modern traffic flow. But there are other reasons for their demise. Betchuk drivers out for few extra Rupiah often risk police retaliation by operating in areas from which they're officially banned. The police in turn appear to prey on the Betchuk fleet and at any time thousands of confiscated tri-shaws can be seen in various police compounds around the capital. For a small fee they can usually be bought back by their owners and their livelihood maintained. But there's probably another less considered reason for the disappearance of the tri-shaw. And that is, despite the employment opportunities, many Asians in the more developed areas are becoming more conscious of the loss of dignity involved in one human being carrying another around."
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REPORTER: PETER MUNCKTON
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Background: INTRODUCTION: While most of the world's modern capitals are choking with traffic, and there are worries about the future of the motor car, the cities of Asia are rapidly losing an order mode of transport.
SYNOPSIS: The A.B.C.'s Peter Munckton reports from Jakarta.