Liberalisation - i.e., freedom from license-raj, quota system, state controls on ownership and entrepreneurship, etc. - apparently, is a selective animal. It is partial to some, and provides them with the legal freedom to make choices and live a life as they want. For others, it remains an elusive dream, denies them choices and, in the process, "manufactures illegality" of their status.
Consider, for instance, if you are resident of the Capital of this country.
The reasons for these laws for the cycle-rickshaw pullers are apparently out of the most benign intentions. For instance, the May '06 judgement by the Delhi High Court, (which passed an order directing the Municipal Corporation of Delhi "not to grant any licenses in future for plying Cycle Rickshaws on Delhi roads") noted that:
Clearly, from the "legal view-point", the above two observations - congestion of traffic, and exploitation by owners - do not apply to owners of cars, truck, van, scooter, mobike, etc...
The above is only an example. Similar rules and laws exist in other cities about street-hawkers, small-shop owners, vendors, slum-dwellers, etc...
Wheels of misfortune
Delhi’s graveyard of rickshaws
ITDP's Position on Delhi High Court Decision