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I am Amira Tallat. I am a student at El-Hag Hadad secondary school in Edfa. I love painting and listening to music. I am very happy to do this project because I want any chance to do anything for my country Egypt after what happened in Tahrir Square. I will speak about small thing, but it is very exciting. It is the friend of poor people and other people who are interested in it. It is Tuk-tuk.

Tuk-Tuk




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History of Tuk-Tuk:

The vehicles known as Tuk-Tuk originated in Japan and it was Thailand which subsequently went into production with these vehicles many years later. The original Thai Tuk-Tuk is found in many places in Thailand, mostly operating as an open air taxi. This popular three-wheeled vehicle spread to Egypt a few years ago. It's a good fit. Many people here move from place to place via small buses in Cairo, but those buses might drop a passenger off with a half mile or more to go to reach their home or other destination. Many neighborhoods have found young men acquiring tuk-tuks and gathering near the bus stops. There they offer a cheap tuk-tuk ride to home or other destination. The fare is usually only an Egyptian pound or two (15-30 cents). The tuk-tuk has emerged as a durable solution to many Egyptians' transportation woes. In urban areas, they have brought the miracle of motorised transport to narrow alleyways and provided jobless men with work as impromptu taxi drivers. Outside the cities, the tuk-tuk has lessened the time spent travelling between far-flung farms and city centres, offering rural residents - particularly women - an inexpensive and practical means of going to markets and visiting family members.

Description of Tuk Tuk:


The tuk-tuk is generally characterized by a sheet-metal body or open frame resting on three wheels, a canvas roof with drop-down sides, a small cabin in the front of the vehicle for the driver and seating space for up to three passengers in the rear. They are generally fitted with an air-cooled scooter version of a two-stroke engine, with handlebar controls instead of a steering wheel. Tuk tuks are often found in tourist areas, around markets, or cruising the streets for fares. It is common to see 4 or 5 people in one tuk-tuk, such as students heading home from school, or a single person riding a Tuk-Tuk full of boxes and bags being taken home from the market.

Kinds of Tuk-Tuk:

The Tuk-Tuk has improved its technology and quality over the years. While Tuk-Tuks are most commonly used for transporting passengers, many industrial uses for the vehicle have been initiated with dramatic changes incorporated into new designs and models. The relatively small size of the Tuk-Tuk finds the vehicle navigating small alleys on delivery routes, and scooting around narrow factories taking advantage of its agility and slight turning radius.Since the beginning, They can be modified to have automatic gears, doors, safety belts, air-conditioning, and much more depending on what the customer require. Customers have used Tuk-Tuks for hauling goods in factories, distributing goods and products in regions that have extremely narrow roads, and transporting guests around resort properties. Here are some of the models that you can choose from: external image Tuk-Tuk.jpgexternal image tuktuk004.jpgexternal image tuktuk.jpg



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A Study About Tuk Tuk:

A study by the Industrial Modernization Center (IMC) said there are over 500,000 tuk-tuks (three-wheel auto rickshaw) in Egypt with an average of 750,000 workers working on them. Although the tuk-tuk is banned as a means of transport, it is widespread as a means of transport in several villages, governorates and remote areas, as well as densely-populated and popular districts in cities. The study noted that the tuk-tuk is rented for LE40 a shift by a young driver.


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All people like Tuk-tuks. They are available all the time and easy to move from place to another. However, some of their drivers break the rules of traffic as most of them are young men. They need to be aware of driving etiquette to put our country on the right track. So, on behalf of all my school students, I advise those drivers to take care of their manners with tourists. This, of course, encourages them to come back to Egypt.



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Resources:

Websites:

http://besttuktuktours.yolasite.com/the-history-of-the-tuk-tuk.php
http://www.thailandtuktuk.net/tuktuk-history.htm
http://sawyertravel.blogspot.com/2011/01/mass-transit.html
http://en.islamstory.com/500000-tuk-tuks-in-egypt.html
http://www.thenational.ae/news/worldwide/the-tuk-tuk-egyptian-gem-or-urban-blighthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto_rickshaw

Pictures:

http://www.rentalsystems.com/data/images/73636/20105103851.jpg
http://www.qdkfqsz.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Tuk-Tuk.jpg
http://www.hobotraveler.com/155phnompenh/tuktuk.jpg
http://www.virginmedia.com/images/Tuk-Tuk-431x300.jpg
http://image.made-in-china.com/2f0j00RMITCQmqOGcz/Tricycle-Tuk-150ZH-4-.jpg
http://img.alibaba.com/photo/10824019/Auto_Rickshaw.jpg
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http://www.fotosearch.com/bigcomp.asp?path=IMR/IMR392/IE220-006.jpg


Videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWTCPizGuzg&feature=related