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transportation

Submitted by Mahendra Pratap on Thu, 08/04/2016 - 4:48pm.

From the traffic perspective, can there be anything more chaotic than what happens on the streets of Delhi? Anyone who has been to Delhi even for an hour during anytime of the day will say, ‘No’.

Vehicles can be driven on any side of the road, from any direction to any direction. It is like a puzzle on the road where the moment you see an empty spot, you try to fit-in (your vehicle, of course J).

‘Red Light’ at road crossing has no meaning.

It is just SCARY to be on the road even while crossing it at a zebra crossing, if there is any.

I live in US and visit India once in few years. Every time I come here it seems to be worse than before. I have driven on Delhi roads for years earlier, but now it is un-imaginable. What do I do?

For a stay of 2 to 3 weeks in India, I just can’t take chances by taking to the steering wheel. Of course Uber, Ola are excellent choices but when one has to cover multiple locations in single day, even these services become expensive.

So, I did some online searching for getting verified drivers in Delhi. I looked at the websites of many such services providers that offers driver on demand. With some pre-defined criteria like use of mobile app, verified drivers, hourlr rates for selecting a service provider, I chose DRIKU (http://www.driku.com). DRIKU app is available on both Android and iOS.

It was flawless, so to say. Someone has set a benchmark. I used the app to book the driver. It was just in few minutes a driver accepted the request, called me and assured he will be there AND he was on time (very unlike of how things get done in India). When the driver came, he showed me his license and also the Police Clearance Certificate. I can tell you that there was a great sense of safety I felt at that moment. At the end of the service, charges showed on my mobile with a feedback form. No denial, the first thought appeared was that the change is happening in India.

I am sure such on demand driver services will do very well in India and peole will be able to hire a verified driver on demand in every part of India.

On my next trip to India, I will use DRIKU to get a driver.

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:30pm.

Auto-Rickshaws are also called three-wheelers and are available in plentiful for traveling within Delhi NCR. These are very cheap to hire, almost 1/3rd the cost of taxi charges, but you must negotiate the rate before you sit in them.  Availability is one thing but getting drivers to agree to take you to your desired destination is another.  Of course money talks better than your argument with them but when in need make sure that you are polite and show your emergency.

Though every auto-rickshaw is equipped with a rate ‘meter’ ,the authorized way of charging for the services based on distance traveled, sometimes its better to negotiate the price beforehand, else there are high chance that you are taken through a longer route. You can only appear smart by knowing your way, otherwise, there is no recourse to the extra money paid.

Auto-rickshaws are certainly not for the faint-hearted. Drivers can drive them in any lane, against the opposite traffic, and turn without any signal.

Open from both the sides, traveling in auto-rickshaw in colder months can be very dreadful if you are not well packed.

Safety can be a concern in an auto-rickshaw since they are open from both the sides. The sudden brakes can throw you off the street and often the drivers drive the rickshaw in the nights without head-lights.

For complaints regarding service charges, you may call +91-11-2331-9334

Submitted by Navin Pathak on Sun, 12/07/2014 - 9:01am.

India is a signatory to the International Custom Convention and the ATA Carnet Convention and allows import of motor vehicles into India without payment of customs duties.

‘Triptique / Carnet De Passage en Douane’ is a travel document for the purposes of temporary importation of private road vehicles into India by a tourist, free of duty. This document is issued by an approved Automobile Association abroad. Carnet de Passage and Triptique are identical in purpose, except that Triptique is meant for a single country while the Carnet is for more than one country.

This facility allows you to bring your motor vehicle into India free of customs duties for a period of six months. The motor vehicle has to be re-exported from India within this period. Import of Tourist Buses is also allowed subject to certain conditions.

Extension of the Retention period: Only the Central Government has the powers to extend this time frame of retention of the motor vehicle in India and this extension is very rarely given and that too under exceptional circumstances. The initial period of six months is extended for another six months only if the Carnet book is valid till such time.

The tourist’s passport will be endorsed when a vehicle is cleared under Carnet/Triptique. Such an endorsement will also clearly mention the exact date by which the vehicle is to be re-exported.

If tourist has to travel out of India temporarily, the vehicle must be deposited into a customs bonded warehouse. When the tourist returns, such vehicle will be handed back to him. Under no circumstances, can or should a tourist leave the country leaving behind his vehicle unattended or with a friend or relative.

Documents Required for Customs Clearance:

  1. Importers Original Passport
  2. Original Carnet book / Triptique
  3. Original Shipping Documents (Bill of Lading/Air Way Bill)
  4. List of any extra fittings in the car along with their values.
  5. A letter addressed to Commissioner of Customs for Non Gainful Employment.
  6. Insurance Policy.

If the motor vehicle is not re-exported for any reason the customs will demand duty, fines, and penalties as applicable. Re-export of badly damaged vehicles shall not be required in case of fully authenticated accidents, provided the vehicles:

  1. are subject to import duties and import taxes to which they are liable.
  2. are abandoned free of all expenses to the Exchequer of the country in which they are imported.
  3. are destroyed, under the official supervision at the expense of the importer as the Customs authorities may require.

Author of this tip Mr. Yogesh Thakker is based in Somerset, New Jersey (USA) and is an expert on ’relocation to India’.  For any questions, you can reach Yogesh at info@21crinc.com.