LEAVES HEAVY VEHICLE DRIVERS WISER
By A Staff Reporter, The Times
September 23, 1998
Suresh Pratap Singh, a Blue Line bus driver on Route No. 680.
Till about a few months back, his only concern while at the
wheel used to be to meet the deadline for the consecutive
trips. What followed was Formula Racing stuff on busy city
it's a thing of the past for him. So no more reckless driving,
no more lane-jumping, no more stoppages in the middle of the
road and no more fights with passengers and fellow drivers
on the roads for this 27-year old.
reform, he says, has come through a two-day workshop aimed
at inculcating better driving attitude in heavy motor vehicle
drivers. Conducted by Automobile Association of Upper India
in association with the surface transport ministry, the areas
covered by the workshop include the essential qualities of
a good driver, causes of accidents and their remedies, traffic
control measures, knowledge of road signs, lane discipline,
testing of reflexes using simulators.
the elements of the workshop, AAUI President T.K. Malhotra
said the most striking feature of the programme was testing
the drivers' reflexes on the Drivers reflexes testing System,
a gadget introduced for the first time.
Malhotra urged the government to make it obligatory for every
heavy vehicle driver to have a refresher training certificate
from the AAUI or any other recognised institution before his
licence could be renewed.
what may, I will never compromise on road safety", says
Suresh. While he was the only Blue Line bus driver at the
workshop, there were drivers of school buses, chartered services,
Border Security Force, Airport Authority of India and several
other organisations who were awarded certificates for successful
completion of the course, on Tuesday.
Kumar, driver of a Bal Bharati School bus, feels the workshop
has helped clear his doubts. "It was an eye-opener. There
were many rules which I felt were correct, but realised were
wrong", says Ashok.
first such workshop started in the month of July with just
19 drivers. The numbers have been swelling since then. To
encourage more and more drivers to join such workshops, the
government has awarded an accident insurance policy for one
year, of Rs.1 lakh, to each driver with the certificate. Also,
to make sure they do no lose out on their day's earnings,
Rs.100 a day as pocket expenses, with lunch and refreshments,
is also provided for.
Commissioner S. Reghunathan said the usual tendency among
most drivers was that rules are for others. "What it
should actually be is,others' safety is in my hands,"
Reghunathan emphasised the need for "defensive driving
training" for Delhi roads.
PIONEER, TUESDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2002
you walk into your neighbourhood driving school to learn the
art of steering the wheel, stop. Just ask the instructor about
his credentials as an "expert" driver, his institution's
licence and most importantly if he has attended the Train
the Trainer programme at the Institute of Driving Training
and Research (IDTR) and Automobile Association of Upper India
(AAUI). With over 1,000 driving schools operating in the city,
of which only a few hundred are registered with the transport
authority, chances of finding qualified instructors without
hunting for them are abysmally low.
the wake of the increasing number of accidents, the government
has made it mandatory for all driving school instructors to
attend this five-day session at IDTR or AAUI. However, the
response has been luke-warm. Since November 5, only 61instructors
have attended this course. "Only two batches (with 27and
34 learners) have undergone this training module. The third
batch starts on November 26. Hopefully, the concept will catch
on,"says AAUI president T.K. Malhotra.
exercise is aimed at creating awareness about driving schools
among the masses. "If a pilot is trained on a simulator,
why shouldn't road drivers or trainers be made to undergo
such a test?" he asks.
concept took shape from the Driver Improvement Programme,
launched in 1987, wherein the driver's licence was punched
for every traffic offence. At the time of licence renewal,
the offenders were directed to undergo refresher-training
courses. The system was discontinued as it could not be practically
executed. However, it has now been introduced in the revised
form, adds Malhotra. The five-day, first-of-its-kind course
costs Rs.1,500at either AAUI or IDTR.
course is carried out with in a simulator room where special
Skoda equipment has been imported from Czech Republic for
Rs. 1 crore. "The machine analyses a driver's behavioural
pattern and his reflexes, besides conducting a psychological
test, " says Malhotra.
two organisations are also running a two-day refresher course
at Rs.300 for heavy vehicle and school transport drivers,
sponsored by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
"This might help bring some order on the roads,"
conduct basic research in the attitudes that lead to road
accidents, AAUI has also undertaken a project to analyse the
psychological aptitudes of various categories of drivers.
The study includes the nature of habitual shortcomings in
drivers of various age groups and their educational backgrounds.
Till date, 1000 drivers have been put through the tests.
project intends covering 5000 drivers over the next three
years."Hhowever, the analysis has brought some interesting
facts to light. In over 80 percent cases, it has been noticed
that in the first 10 years, drivers learn important skills
and take safety precautions. But once the person crosses the
age of 40, no fresh learning or improvement is observed.
fact, a causal attitude sets in which contributes to the increased
number of accidents," says he.
AAUI project review committee also found out that the current
method of testing a driver's vision is outdated. " The
government needs to lay down specific norms in this regard.
When such standards are mandatory elsewhere in the world,
why can't these be introduced here?" wonders Malhotra.
the sample size is small,"says he,"it does underline
the need to thoroughly revise the eye vision standards for
issuance or renewal of driving licences. We have also commissioned
a machine to test drivers' reflexes, including side vision,
depth perception, simple reaction, complex reaction, night
vision and glare recovery."
TO DRIVE AWAY HIGH BEAM LIGHTS
The Indian Express, Wednesday, February 12, 2003
Driving filter, which reduces the glare of high beam and won't
cost more than Rs.400 has been given a good report after user
filter - a plate coated with a specific metal - is fixed near
the driver's sunshade. It will be a great help to drivers
like Amita Sawhney, who almost ran over a woman on the Ring
Road in Cantonment.
was driving on a poorly-lit stretch at around 10 pm last December.
All vehicles were on high beam, I could hardly see. Suddenly,
I saw a woman crossing the road. I missed her by a whisker,"Sawhney
filter have been devised by the Chandigarh-based Central Scientific
Instrument Organisation (CSIO), which works under the Science
and Technology Ministry. The Automobile Association of Upper
India has sent to the government its report on users' trials,
and the filters are studied by car manufacturers.
chairman T.K. Malhotra said :"Such a gadget is necessary
as there are no rules governing the use of high and low beams
by vehicles." Delhi's roads are not lit uniformly and
high and low beams from vehicles affects motorists.
1995, the government made it a rule that headlights in all
vehiches have to be painted half black. "It was a non-starter
as people were not left with a choice when driving on highways,"
Malhotra said. Drivers were stuck low beam even in poorly
filters will not be a burden on the wallet and the estimated
cost is a few hundred rupees, said officials. Motorists, who
used the filters during trial runs, said the glare was reduced
to a comfortable level and didn't obstruct their left hand
high beam was reduced by 40-50 percent and low beam by 50
to 60 percent. Drivers, who were part of the trials, were
between their early twenties and late fifties.
seven year old Ram Kumar drove his Maruti 800 from Vasant
Kunj to Jawaharlal Nehru University, a distance of 15 kilometers,
betweeen 9 pm to 9.30 pm. Ashok Kumar (24) drove 12 kilometers
from Hauz Khas to AIIMS between 8.40 pm and 9.30 pm. The tests
were conducted in May, 2002.
filter can be a great help to night drivers like Anu Singh,
a Delhi-based MNC's employee and a resident of Gurgaon Phase
I. "I have to drive back home on the national highway
almost every night, battling high beams from speeding trucks.
There should be a device which reduces glare but doesn't disturb
my concentration," she said.
PERMANENT RED AT ADHCHINI INTERSECTION
By Shruti Kohli, Courtesy Indian Express,
dated 19 January 2003
on the Adhchini intersection between Yusuf Sarai and Mehrauli
either moves at a snail's pace or doesn't move at at, commuters
have been complaining for two years.
suggest a flyover from the Police Training School turning
till the Mother's International School intersection can solve
the problem. But Rohit Baluja, director of Institute of Road
and Traffic Education, believes "the immediate need is
to properly engineer the traffic in the area by putting up
signages and road markings." U-turns on the intersection
should be banned. Bus stops and parking lots from Adhchini
to Mother's International should be removed, he said.
expert T.K. Malhotra said :"The problem lies a little
ahead at the Police Training School (PTS) t-point which takes
in heavy traffic from Mehrauli, Saket and Yusuf Sarai but
not even a single traffic policeman stands there." There
are too many traffic signals which affect smooth flow of traffic,
suggested that stationing traffic policemen at Adhchini and
the PTS turning will help traffic.
PROJECT FOR SAFE SCHOOL BUSES
The Hindu, dated February 19, 2003
over the increasing safety hazards by students during their
travel from home to school and back, the Automobile Association
of Upper India (AAUI) in association with Delhi Public School
Society has launched a "Safe School Bus 2003" project.
ambitious project - said to be the first of its kind in the
country - is aimed at making school management, bus drivers,
students and parents understand their responsibilities towards
safe transportation of school children.
a function held here today in the presence of the Delhi Lieutenant
Governor, Vijai Kapoor, the AAUI and Delhi Public School Society
signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard.
project will cover 1800 contract carriage buses, over 1000
buses of the Delhi Transport Corporation, RTVs (rural transport
vehicles) involved in transporting school children, the AAUI
President T.K. Malhotra said.
AAUI has brought out a brochure on "School Bus Safety"
and a booklet on the "ABC of Road Safety for distribution
among school students for awareness. The brochure "Know
the Delhi Motor Vehicles Rules" when handed over to the
drivers by the respective schools will serve as an instant
reminders for drivers to adhere to the rules, he said.
many as six workshops have been planned in the Capital's schools
to provide a common platform to the management, parents, students,
drivers and conductors to learn by interacting on safety aspects
of school transport, Mr. Malhotra said, adding : "Road
safety experts will be associated with this programme."
the project, the AAUI has commenced special courses to upgrage
the driving skills of the drivers deployed on school bus duties.
Some of the important features of this syllabus that has been
approved by Delhi transport Department include skills in handling
vehicles, stress management and relaxation techniques, child
psychology, driving habits and compulsory reflexes test and
decision to launch this project, Mr. Malhotra said, was taken
at a recent meeting chaired by the Delhi Transport Commissioner
on the menace on Capital's roads taking toll of innocent lives
of school children in crashes involving school transport.
MORE MALE BASTION ABOUT TO FALL
Lalit K. Jha, Courtesy The Hindu, dated February 20, 2003
are all set to storm one more male bastion. And if everything
goes according to plan, they will soon occupy the driver's
seat in commercial vehicles across the Capital.
the cue from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation which has employed
three women drivers, the Automobile Association of Upper India
(AAUI) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) have
decided to impart professional driving lessons to women from
weaker sections of society.The move has full support of the
Delhi Government which has already been advised schools to
recruit women drivers for their fleets of buses. In fact,
a government survey has revealed that parents feel more secure
if school vehicles are driven by women.
training, which will begin next month, will open up new job
opportunities for women," says the AAUI President,
T.K. Malhotra, adding that the practice is already prevalent
in cities like Pune and Bangalore.
After getting trained, women can also seek employment as taxi
drivers, school bus drivers and van drivers for school children.
"Enterprising young girls can also purchase and
operate their own rural transport vehicle," says
Mr. Malhotra. "Some non-government organisations
and public schools have already approached us for imparting
professional training to women." AAUI has developed a
special 21 day course for this purpose. Training would be
imparted for two successful candidates from the first batch
as instructors for subsequent courses. "Once the
project takes off in Delhi, we will start similar courses
in the rest of the country,"asserts Mr. Malhotra.
SCHOOL LAUNCHES TRANSPORT SAFETY PROJECT
By Express News Services, Courtesy Indian
Express, dated February 19th 2003.
To promote safety of children in school buses Delhi Public
School (DPS) and the Automobile Association of Upper India
(AAUI) today launched the project - 'Safe School Bus 2003'.
project will cover 1800 contract carriage buses, over 1000
DTC buses, and rural transport vehicles (RTVs) engaged in
transporting school children, said the AAUI President T.K.
Malhotra. A brochure 'School Bus Safety Law',
and booklet 'ABC of Road Safety' has been released
by the AAUI. These will be distributed to teachers, students
TO ENSURE SAFETY OF SCHOOL CHILDREN
HT Correspondent, Courtesy The Hindu, dated December 27th,
The Delhi Government on Friday unveiled measures to ensure
the safety of school children. It banned the use of private
vehicles to transport children and said drivers and conductors
of school-owned buses will have to obtain annual certificates.
Transport Minister Ajay Maken said private vehicles, which
charged exorbitant fares, did not pay attention to safety,
herding children into their buses. "I have seen children
being made to sit on LPG cylinders. (These buses are) time
bombs and we need to take action against them,"he said.
But Maken admitted 1800 school-owned buses and around 1100
DTC buses may not be adequate to transport school children.
To improve the skills of drivers of school-owned buses, around
1200 drivers and conductors will be trained every month by
the Institute of Drivers Training and Research (IDTR) and
Automobile Association of Upper India (AAUI), beginning January
14. "By May all the drivers of school-owned buses will
be trained," Maken said.
Renewal of licences every three years, after refresher courses
from IDTR or AAUI, has been made mandatory.
TO MAKE SCHOOL BUSES SAFER
Our Staff Reporter, Courtesy The Hindu, dated December 27th.
a major step towards making travel in school buses and other
modes of transport ferrying school children safe, the Delhi
Government today made it mandatory for drivers and conductors
to undergo "formal training" to qualify for driving
these vehicles. Any driver not taking this training would
be penalised and not allowed to drive school vehicles.
Addressing a press conference here, the state Transport Minister,
Ajay Maken, announced that a crackdown would be launched against
those Maruti Vans operating on LPG cylinders and ferrying
school students. Stating the Shiela Dikshit Government's resolve
to ensure that certain safety parameters are adhered to by
those operating school buses, Mr. Maken also informed that
school principals and those in charge of buses carrying school
children would also be imparted training for which one round
of meetings has already been held. The next one would be held
on January 14.
Mr. Maken said all the 1800 contract carriage buses, 1100
DTC buses and the various types of vans and Rural Transport
Vehicles ferrying school children would be covered under the
training scheme. The entire programme is scheduled to be completed
by next May. The drivers would have to shell out Rs.350 for
training programme and 1200 people would be trained per month.
The training would be imparted to these personnel at IDTR
and AAUI the two organisations that have facilities or imparting
training. The authorities would use the fortnight-long vacation
to train the drivers. It would be mandatory for these drivers
to undergo the course once a year to test their skills.
The Minister said the syllabus of the Motor Driving Training
Schools has been amended suitably and a new integrated syllabus
has been introduced. Some of the important features of the
new course are yoga, stress management and eye examination.
The renewal and issuance of driving licences for commercial
vehicles has been made more stringent and refresher courses
from IDTR and AAUI are being made compulsory. Instructions
are also being issued transport-in-charge of schools to keep
a watch on drivers and conductors when children alight and
board school buses.
TRAINING FOR SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS
Times News Network, Courtesy Times of India, dated December
state transport department has made it mandatory for the school
bus drivers to undergo special training to make school transportation
safer and more reliable.
a press conference on Friday state transport minister Ajay
Maken said : "About 1800 private buses are
employed with schools in the city. We want the drivers and
cleaners of all these buses to undergo the training."
Institute of Drivers' Training and Research and Automobile
Association of Upper India are the two agencies selected by
the government for imparting the training. The training sessions
will begin in January, 2003.
Maken said:"We must realise that a bus full
of children will have to be treated differently from a bus
full of adults. Drivers ferrying children need to be sensitive
to their needs."
BUS DRIVERS TO ATTEND YEARLY DRIVING LESSONS : MINISTER
By Express News Services, Courtesy Indian
Express, dated December 27th 2002.
Delhi Transport Minister Ajay Maken today announced that all
school bus drivers in the city will have to undergo compulsory
training once a year.
added that all school bus drivers have to undergo training
by May next year or have his vehicle impounded. "We have
decided to be pro-active to ensure the safety of school children.
Besides, the CNG buses have different safety requirement of
which people are ignorant," Maken said.
Minister said that parents can dial the helpline number 9604
400 400 to lodge a complaint and assured that action would
be taken against the erring drivers on the basis of these
can be penalised for not being trained, for overcrowding in
buses or for making children sit close to where the CNG or
LPG cylinders are kept.
"The norms have already been laid down in the Motor Vehicles
Act which was amended in 1998. We are only enforcing the law,"
He added that the initial training would cover only school-owned
buses and would later include private vans and chartered carriers.
The training would be imparted not just to drivers and attendants,
but to principals, technical staff as well as students.The
training programme is being conducted with the assistance
of Automobile Association of Upper India and the Institute
of Driving Training and Research. A three-day training for
one driver would cost the school Rs.350.
Maken said that the programme was already on for the past
two years but was of a voluntary nature.
State transport commissioner Sindhushree Khullar said
:"The training would include soft skills such as
being aware that passengers are small and that they must apply
the brake gently."She said the drivers and cleaners
would be taught emergency evacuation and first-aid skills
as well.Besides drivers and cleaners, transport-in-charges
of schools would also be trained.Pamphlets on safety tips
will be distributed free to school children.
FOR THE ROAD : STUDY FINDS OWNER TANK UP BEFORE THEIR RIDE
By Shruti Kohli, Courtesy Indian Express,
-60 percent pf owner-drivers don't mind mixing driving
-Belive it's better to free from accident sites.
-Willing to overspeed to meet a deadline
-80 percent of people questioned had poor tolerance
60 percent of Delhites who drive their own cars are
"not averse to gulping a peg or two before taking to
the wheels," a survey has found.The Automobile Association
of Upper India's study questioned 2000 owner drivers, who"were
happy to blame others" for accidents caused by their
mistakes. The drivers were hurt due to these driving mistakes
and their vehicles were damaged.
Nearly 60 percent of the drivers said in hit and run cases,
it was better to run away from the accident spot to avoid
All these despite a vigorous campaign by Delhi Police to prevent
drunk driving. The Delhi Traffic Police checks for drunk drivers
but only three or four times a year, around festivals.
The study showed that more than 30 percent of the drivers
"were prone to drive fast to meet deadlines". AAUI
president's T.K. Malhotra said : "Drivers should know
that they are surrounded by people who don't have a very fine
attitude towards other road users". Accidents happen
due to drivers' failure to establish a rapport with their
counterparts. The study is unique as it didn't question chauffeurs
but private car owners who drive. This was done to emphasise
that owners are equally responsible as drivers of commercial
heavy goods vehicles for accident in Delhi. The people questioned
were among the 1 lakh members of the Automobile Association
of Upper India.
Rohit Baluja, president of Institute of Road Traffic Education,
said that he doesn't believe that most car owner-drivers in
Delhi drink before taking the wheel.
But he accepted that people flee after a hit-and-run. Improper
probe of accidents is responsible for this. In over 70 percent
of accidents, car drivers are penalised for no fault of theirs."The
Delhi Traffic Police should do as much to analyse the victim
and the accused before deciding over an accident," he
If a car hits a drunk pedestrian, who is crossing a busy road,
it will be the driver who will be punished, he said.
Drivers overspeed because traffic rules are not implemented.
Speed limit should be decided taking into account the volume
of traffic on a road and the time, the study said.Signages
should be installed at proper places. The speed limit signages
at traffic intersections put the proportion at 50/40, for
cars and HGV's respectively. The speed at intersections is
supposed to be far lower than this. The implementation procedure
needs to be improved, he said.
The poll also found that over 80 percent of the drivers get
irritated and had poor tolerance level.
This is a major cause for road rage, Malhotra said. Commercial
drivers are being given compulsory refresher training courses
which teach them stress management. Over 60 percent of drivers
were found to be superstitious.
WHEELS GET A LIGHTER TOUCH
By Nilima Pathak, Courtesy Gulf News,
dated January 6, 2003.
a woman at the helm as chief minister, women's empowerment
is the buzzword in the Capital; and one of the first visible
steps may well be the Delhi Government initiating steps to
allow women to drive school buses.According to Delhi state's
Transport Minister Ajay Maken, a suggestion has been made
to several schools in the city known to operate their own
buses to recruit women drivers for Delhi Transport Corporation
(DTC) school buses. He said that the DTC was already overstaffed
hence it would not be possible to recruit afresh.
According to a transport department official, inquiries have
been pouring in from women, but so far, only one woman has
secured a commercial driving license.
"A woman has to be as fit as her male counterpart and
the transport department will not exercise any kind of leniency
in the selection of the women drivers of school buses. This,
despite our belief that women will probably be extra careful,
as far as children are concerned," he remarked.
The proposal for women schoolbus drivers follows the hiring
of three women as Metro Rail Operators. The government has
also introduced 25 deluxe buses as ladies specials on Delhi
roads. The move has prompted many to remark that women are
finding favour with the present Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
"It's gender bias," remarked an amused DTC driver.
The new women's specials painted yellow and green unlike other
DTC buses are clean and comfortable. With soft seats and spotless
curtains, and the feeling they are "safe", women
are finding it a lot more convenient to use these buses. Says
Anjali Khurana, Delhi University student "At least I
do not have to worry about eve teasers."
Another woman, a lawyer, boarded the deluxe bus before realising
it was a ladies special with the same normal fare as in other
buses. She praised the city government on its willingness
to cater to women's needs.
"After the official pronouncements on the status of women
and enactment of constitutional amendments, new dimensions
have been added to the issue of women's empowerment,"
she said. "It is now up to the women to take initiatives
and prove their worth," she added.
Support for women school bus drivers has also come from the
President of the Automobile Association of Upper India, T.K.
Malhotra. "A woman seeing off her child to school would
feel more comfortable if a woman was at the wheel because
as a fact women are considered kind-hearted and driver carefully,"
he felt. At the same time he questioned the kind of woman
who would choose such a career.
"Uptill now we have only heard of women in villages acquiring
the skills of driving heavy vehicles. But if city graduates
are motivated by their families to venture into the driver's
seat of private school buses, it will be a revolution."
Schools, he said, should be more careful as far as their own
buses are concerned. "There is a need for discipline
in the sector ignored till now. It should be made mandatory
for a driver to check brakes, accelerator, etc. before he
sets on the road. It may not be possible for a woman driver
to be well versed with the mechanism, but then schools could
have a tie-up with workshops or have mechanics at hand to
have a proper check before a vehicle hits the road,"he
According to Malhotra, "This kind of a proper regular
check-up can only be expected from women drivers, hence we
are keen that Delhi follows the example of the Pune Municipal
Corporation's initiative and emulate them by putting women
in the driving seat of school buses."
The AAUI has one of the best training schools in Asia, he
said. All kinds of training under adverse weather conditions
was imparted to drivers at the centre in Qutub Institutional
Area in the city. The centre has the infrastructure where
road-like conditions can be sinulated without actually going
on the road. "Moreover, we have offered to train women
free of cost," Malhotra stated.
A recent High Court order has made refresher course mandatory
for drivers. As a pre-condition for renewal of a licence,
a commercial vehicle drivers have to undergo refresher courses
every three years.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police officers have also welcomed the
AAUI move. Remarks an officer, "It will be good to have
women driving school buses. They are certainly more sensitive
By Amit Dixit,
Courtesy Outlook Traveller,
Driving abroad? License please. AMIT DIXIT tells
you where to go
make the most of a foreign trip, it's difficult to beat driving
through the country of your visit. Driving gives you flexibility
and, on an unfamiliar road, a sense of adventure. Try getting
either on a package tour as you're herded from one sight to
another. Be assured, there will always be places you'll want
to spend more time exploring, or simply stop. And stay on.
Discover at your pace, your way. Throw cut that package, all
you riders and drivers, but keep the journey.
UN be thanked-permission to drive in foreign climes is easily
obtained. Only add one little item to your packing list. The
document in question is the International Driving Permit(IDP),
which, once you are its proud possessor, will enable you to
drive in over 200countries the world over. Also thank the
Alliance Internationale de Tourisme(AIT), a world transport
and tourism body founded in 1898, which initiated the UN International
road conventions dealing with the IDP. These were then adopted
by most countries.
the IDP is a special license, meant for tourists and short/term
visitors, allowing them to drive vehicles in international
traffic without any further tests or applications. It is proof
that the holder possesses a valid driver's license issued
by a competent authority in his/her country of residence.
The IDP can accommodate drivers of all types of conveyances
from motorcycles and automobiles to heavy trucks and buses
(but in a non-commercial capacity).
The permit has many additional uses. Apart from letting you
drive in a foreign country without further documentation,
it serves as an additional photo identification and proof
of age. Most importantly, you cannot rent a vehicle without
it. Even if an IDP is not mandatory in the country you're
driving in, rental agencies will (or at least should) always
insist on seeing one.
1949, 1954 and 1968 international road conventions of the
UN deal with the issuance of IDPs with a one-year validity.
This is the IDP issued to Indians in India. If you intend
to stay longer in the country you're visiting, you'll need
to get a proper local license before the IDP expires. The
1968 convention also allows for IDPs with a validity of three
years. But these are not issued in India.
for the IDP at any Regional Transport Office in the country.
Supporting documents include a valid driving license, attested
copy of birth certificate, valid passport and visa, attested
copy of address proof, and two passport-size photographs.
The IDP invites a fee of Rs. 200/-.
Note: Ideally, it is required that the addresses on your passport
and driving license tally. Falling which, you will have to
furnish the latest proof of residence. This may be done by
producing an election ID, an LIC policy which is at least
two years old, or a copy of the lease deed of your residence
or proof of ownership thereof.
obtain an IDP you must make an application in person (there
will be an interview) and pass an International road signs
test. Note also that an IDP is non-renewable. Once it expires,
you have to apply afresh. It generally takes two working days
to process the application.
automobile associations are also authorized to issue IDPs
to their members. Needless to say, this facilitates the process
greatly. There are a number of add-ons as well. "IDPs
issued by automobile associations and clubs associated with
AIT provide not only the convenience of hiring vehicles in
the countries of the visit, but also help the tourist in addressing
any problems, related to their land travel, to the respective
automobile association in the country of the their visit on
a reciprocal basis," says T. K. Malhotra, President,
Automobile Association of Upper India (AAUI). Along with the
IDP, AAUI provides members travelling abroad with a booklet
of American and European road signs, and an AIT International
reciprocity card which helps obtain the services and facilities
of AIT-affiliate automobile associations and clubs the world
over. "Besides, a 'Show Your Card & Save' discount
card entitles the holder to discounts at over 50,000 establishments
in Europe, Canada and the US," adds Malhotra. In exceptional
cases, the AAUI also supplies IDPs to non-members. In any
case, membership fees are nominal and come with a host of
benefits, many of direct benefit to the outbound tourist.
So you should consider joining up.
Clarifications: An IDP is not a valid license for driving
in the country of issue. So, as an Indian, you cannot use
the IDP to drive in India. Foreigners visiting India and carrying
a valid IDP can, of course, drive in the country. Also note
that, in some countries (like Saudi Arabia and Switzerland),
the IDP is accepted after payment of a special registration
fee; check with the concerned consulate. Next foreign trip,
get that IDP. It helps.