Gigantic gallery of Pakistan cars & buses, automen writes-
The most striking thing in Pakistan is the vision of trucks and buses completely covered in a riot of color and design. They might spew diesel fumes, they may take up all of the winding, narrow, under-maintained road one is trying to negotiate, but they are certainly noticeable, like so many mechanical dinosaurs adorned in full courtship colors.
The decoration of vehicles is a common practice in a number of countries in addition to Pakistan. Similar techniques and materials are employed in truck and (more frequently) bus decoration in the Philippines, Indonesia, and several countries in Central and South America; in South Asia itself, Indian trucks are painted, as are the scooter rickshaws, called “Baby Taxis”, of Bangladesh. What makes the case of Pakistan unique, however, is the pervasiveness of vehicle decoration, since decoration is heavily utilized on virtually all privately and fleet-owned commercial vehicles, from the well known trucks and buses, to vans, share taxis, animal carts and even juice vendors’ push carts.
Pakistan cars & buses – [via] Link.
Jeepneys – Link.
Masaru Tatsuki’s Decotora (decorated trucks) – Link.
8 thoughts on “Pakistan cars & buses”
Yeah, seeing those things in person is something else and riding them as well. They are half art, half practical. A lot of the times they use the art to cover up damage or in place of body shells as they have rusted away. My uncle had his truck body changed and went with the flashy body work. Also sometimes they are more then just art, but also a statement (see my last photo)
Here is some examples photos i took while there:
Here in Afghanistan, we see these “Jingle Trucks” every day as they carry supplies between military bases. Striking contrast between the camouflaged humvees along the dry, dusty landscape and these obsessively adorned workhorses.
Are there no motor vehicle laws to prevent this? I’m just wondering what it’s like to be facing one of these things in oncoming traffic at night. You’d be blinded. LOL
Isn’t the second one from The Philippines?
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