Want to Drive Vehicle In India? Read it first
India has the second-largest population and hence the problem of traffic is quite common. People of India are used to the Traffic conditions and adjust accordingly, but foreigners find it very difficult to drive on Indian roads. Therefore, foreigners often prefer traveling in public transports.
Nonetheless, if you fall into a situation where driving in India becomes necessary, make sure your practice the Indian traffic laws once and then begin your training session, only after this consider taking your vehicle on the Indian roads. The two most important factors are patience, alertness, and activeness. Usually, hiring a driver is a better choice as it ensures your safe travel. But if you are the one who is going to drive, read the piece of advice and information given below :
Guide to foreigner driver in India:
People coming on Tourist e visa to India can drive a motor vehicle in India but having a driving license is important, the license can be Indian or international. The international driving license can be obtained from the Region Transport Office (RTO) and this is valid for one year only.
Documents required to get International Driving license:
- Your valid passport
- Valid Indian Visa copy
- Birth certificate
- Address proof
- Driving license from your home country
- Flight Tickets
It takes around 2-7 days to get an international driving license.
People who are coming to India for a shorter stay period can also get the International Driving license. But as this license is only valid for one year, the people coming for more than one year need to get the Indian driving license.
The Indian driving license can be obtained from RTO or any authorized driving school. To get the Indian driving license, you need to fill complete the application process that requires the documents given below:
- An application form with required details
- A copy of the resident proof in India
- Proof of present address’
- Passport-sized photograph
- Medical Fitness certificate.
Once you are done completing the driving classes, you will be provided with the 3 months of learning license. After this, you can apply for the Indian driving license, which will be valid until the Indian residence permit expires.
Indian Driving Rules are:
- Traffic drives on the left side of the road
- To drive the motorcycle you must be 16 years old whereas to drive other vehicles you must be 18 years old.
- The National Speed Limit is 144 Kilometer per hour in India and 80 km/hour for two-wheeler
- Seat belts are mandatory to wear
- The blood alcohol content limit is 0.03%, exceeding which can cause a fine of INR 10,000. This can also lead you behind the bars for 6 months or more.
Road Conditions in India:
The road condition in India is average and usually varies from place to place. But driving on Indian roads is quite chaotic. Minor violations of Traffic rules if quite common.
So, while riding your vehicle on Indian road, keep your eyes and ears open as a little negligence can cause severe accidents.
Additionally, if you are in a situation where public transport can be used it is advised to prefer it over a personal vehicle. This will not only cost you less but also keep you away from the inconvenience that can be caused by traffic, poor roads, dust, crowds, and pollution. Also, public transports are more secure and less prone to accidents.