K. Malhotra (67) is
the President of the Automobile Association of Upper India (AAUI)
since 1981. He
has served six terms as President of Federation of Indian Automobile
Associations (FIAA) since 1984. In
recognition of his contribution in the field of road safety and
promotion of tourism, he was nominated as the Honorary Vice-President
of the world body Alliance International de Tourisme (AIT), Geneva
for the year 1993-94, an
honor conferred first time on any Indian in 93 years of
the history of the AIT.
Mr. Malhotra has served on various Committees both at
the state and national levels. Among others, he is a member on
the following specialized Committees:
Fund Committee for hit and run cases
Central Traffic Advisory Committee of Delhi Police
National Road Safety Council constituted by the Union Ministry
of Shipping Road, Transport and Highways
Group, National Highways Authority of India
Committee of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and
Committee on Tourism and Heritage set up by Confederation
of Indian Industry
Transport Advisory Committee
Columnist - Hindustan Times
Malhotra has also been the
active member of Road Safety Programme Implementation Commitee
set-up in the yesteryears by Union Ministry of Shipping, Road
Transport and Highways.
participation in the fields of road safety and environment speaks
volumes of his contribution, which has been appreciated by the Government and
motoring community at large.
Mr. Malhotra on a shoe-string budget has been publishing a popular monthly magazine- The Upper India Motorist. It was launched in 1950 with aim to make AAUI members aware about latest trends in safe motoring and rule and regulations. At present, the AAUI has about one lakh members who include transporters, automobile executives,law makers, bureaucrats,diplomats and media personalities..
contribution to the motoring community on road safety through
his regular weekly column in Hindustan Times and Indian Express
has been widely acknowledged. Mr. Malhotra has also reached out
to the vast base of road users in India through his infotainment
TV serials "Hello Motorists" and "Road Watch" that were telecast
on India's National Channel for more than 200 weeks.
Doordarshan TV serials were produced to focus attention primarily
aspects of road safety, with the mission to minimise increasing
number of road accidents, improve the flow of trafffic and
change the attitude of the public for being more considerate to
other road users. This was another brainchild of Mr. Malhotra.
Malhotra has presented many papers at national
and international seminars. He is also the author of books
you Need To Know About International Road Signs and Safe Driving"
You Need To Know About Cars & Safe Driving".
He has also authored a booklet titled "ABC
of Road Safety" for children.
recognition of his efforts towards promoting road safety across
the country, and leveraging India on the world map of international
tourism, Mr. Malhotra has earned many accolades such as:
of India award presented by Shri Arjun Singh the then Hon'ble
Minister for Human Resources in the year 1992
Saresht with Bhartiya Pratishta award conferred on him by
the National Integration Assembly
|| Delhi Government Chief
Malhotra was instrumental in AAUI
becoming the member of the Alliance Internationale de Tourisme
(AIT)/Federation Internationale de 1'Automobile (FIA) international
organizations, having more than 130 countries as their members.
He played a pivotal role in organizing AIT General Assembly in
New Delhi in 1993 with delegates from more than 60 countries.
The then AIT President Late Simon Dyre named this event as a 'Model
International General Assembly'.
Mr. Malhotra was instrumental in successful organization of the first to and fro ASEAN Motor Car Rally from Guwahati to Indoasia through Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore in 2004. It was flagged off by Hon'ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, although it was the dream of his predecessor, Hon'ble Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Mr. Malhotra later in 2007 was again instrumental in successful SARRC Car Rally to seven countries. He has also been associated with several annual motor rallies like The Stateman's Vintage Car event.
Malhotra pioneered the idea to impart driver education in a more
scientific manner. He established the most modern driving training
school in India equipped with state-of-the-art electronic driving
simulators as the prime audio-visual training aid. Thus he brought
about a revolution in driver training in the year 1989. The idea
was to lay proper foundation for training the drivers in India.
His effort was duly recognized by the Government of India by a
financial grant, which helped him to modernize the school with
yet latest version of imported car/truck simulators of Skoda make
in the year 2001. The Central and State Governments are now encouraging
driving institutions and schools to use simulators in order to
impart quality instructions and to develop their skills to drive
safely. Thousands of truck & LMV drivers have benefited by
The AAUI has the mandate to issue international driving license to Indian going abroad. It also facilitates the issue of driving license by the Transport Department.
has launched Mini Employment Exchange
in the institution for placement of LMV/HMV drivers. It was inaugurated by Delhi Government's new Transport Minister Hon'ble Shri Ramakant Goswami on August 28, 2012. This would
go a long way as a source of avenue to offer employment to drivers
from average/poor families and lending a hand to poverty alleviation.
a result of his exemplary dedication to promote road safety, Automobile
Association of Upper India (AAUI) was declared the Runner-up
for the National Award on Road Safety for the year
2000. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has
instituted the award.
Air Pollution caused due to exhaust emission of gases is a crucial
issue, which has focused attention of the world being conscious
of health hazard and polluting environment. In the year 2001,
he initiated the idea to introduce a mobile pollution-testing
center to test vehicles at the doorstep of motorists, city bus
depots and business centers. The thought behind this innovative
step was to inculcate a habit in vehicle owners to keep their
vehicles pollution free all the times. The pollution testing programs
so launched generated tremendous awareness amongst the automobile
his guidance,the AAUI has also initiated an innovative program
to educate truckers to prevent them from falling victims to HIV/AIDS
deadly disease. More than 80 Drivers are benefited every day from
the lectures and interaction in class rooms.
a call given by United Nation for UN Global Road Safety Week 2007,
the Automobile Association of Upper India under the lead provided
by him successfully organized two international campaigns initiated
by the FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society. The campaigns
'Think Before You Drive' and 'Make Roads
Safe' were successfully launched in Delhi, Chandigrah,
Allahabad & Durgapur. Thousands of motorists and public at
large have come forward to support these campaigns by signing
the Declaration issued by the Foundation for submission to the
UN. Copies of booklets relating to these campaigns have been distributed
to a large number of motorists, road users, truck & bus drivers.
To involve citizens in Road Safety Campaign, Mr. Malhotra has appointed over 100 'Roaming Ambassador' in the Capital. Their job is to handle road related issues in their neighborhood and also give feedback to the AAUI, which then takes up the matter to the traffic police and the Transport Department.
Malhotra is also an active member of the Unified Traffic
and Transportation Infrastructure (Plg. & Engg.)
Centre (UTTIPEC) set up under the Chairmanship of Lt. Governor
of Delhi and he is also the Co-Chairman of Working Group IV of
Malhotra has been nominated by the Government of National
Capital Of Delhi to serve on Special Task Force constituted
in Pursuance of the directions of the High Court of Delhi vide
Gazette Notification No.F.3(9)/Proj./Tpt./2010/604 dated 23rd
March 2010.The Special Task Force will be responsible to deliberate
and reach solutions pertaining to issues related with Traffic
congestion, Vehicular emmissions and co-existence of all classes
of vehicles on roads.
Mr. Malhotra has spent nearly half-a-century of his life pursuing his passion for safe motoring. A television newscaster once described him as "The one-man army on the road!"
Mr. Malhotra has been elected in Turkey by more than 700 delegates representing 140 countries, to serve on the following Global leadership positions.
Member World Council
For Automobile Mobility and Tourism
Asia Pacific Region II
The elections were held in the Annual General Assembly Convened by the Federation Internationale de l’ Tourism (FIA) in Turkey in December 2013.This is the first time that India has found a seat on the World Council.
Mr. Malhotra was felicitated in a function held in New Delhi on June 07, 2013 at India International Centre. Hon’ble Union Minister for External Affairs, Mr. Salman Khurshid was pleased to do the honors.