Scooters + International Drivers license?

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Hi all I'm heading over to Kerala soon and was thinking about hiring a scooter when in the beach resorts. Just wondering if I would need an international drivers license for this?

Cheers!
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You would be much better off if you carried an IDP, you can get one from either the AA, RAC or even a larger Post Office.

You will need;-
A copy of your Licence showing the class of licence you require.
A passport sized photograph.
Photocopy of your passport details.

The cost is 5.50 ( I think..! ) and only takes a few days or on the spot at the post office
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Originally Posted by angeld View Post Hi all I'm heading over to Kerala soon and was thinking about hiring a scooter when in the beach resorts. Just wondering if I would need an international drivers license for this?
To drive a car or motorbike in India you will need an International Driving Permit (IDP), in the UK they're about a fiver, available from the AA by mail or over the counter from certain post offices, you'll also need to take one or two passport photos.

The IDP is clearly marked in categories, bike, car, truck &c. and if you are licenced to ride a bike in the UK you have no problem - read no further!

HOWEVER - if you're not licenced to ride in the UK, apart from the obvious problem of India being probably the worst place in the world to learn to ride a bike, you do have a more serious problem. Your IDP won't have the bike stamp and it won't be valid to ride a bike in India.

There are people in India who ride and drive without a valid licence, and they rely on bribes to get them through. There may be people on here and certainly when you hire the bike, who tell you it will be okay, but the bottom line is that it's not.

Apart from being an offence, and a complete nightmare if you have an accident, riding without a licence would certainly invalidate your travel insurance.
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Thanks all, I went to my local post office today and they had no forms in stock but I did get chatting to the CSA who has been to Kerala and had a brilliant time! He recommended not driving at all ourselves, let the locals do the driving - more time for Kingfisher beer. Hopefully we will get a form at the main post office tomorrow.
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A good motto to live by..
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Bottom line is that, if you do have an accident and somebody else is injured, it is not the police you have to worry about, but the mob.
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the locals do the driving - more time for Kingfisher beer
Sanest bit of advice anyone could have given you...
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I think I'm going to leave the driving to the locals after all. Can't wait, we fly out on Friday for 3 weeks! yipee
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Just renewed my IDP through the RAC

Posted monday morning, received today (Wednesday) in the post. Good service..
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when i was in goa i hired a scooter without a license, through ignorance and not choice. I assumed because so many people were doing it and the people we hired it of did not need any id it was okay. Needless to say we had to bribe several police officers, worse than that was the worry of being pulled over by the police. You are better of getting a license.
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Video of scooter ride

Scooter ride in Goa Feb 2008. Baga Calangute area on day 1 of my last visit.

4 weeks to go Until next visit.


http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=VrbKyxZJCLU
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Crikey, we have been hiring motorbikes in India for the past eight years and never realised we required any form of lisense, believing more that our own UK one would cover us. having said all that, we have never had had an accident and have been in Mumbai, Goa, Kerala and Tamil nadu plus many places in between - all on a bike...

Our next visit will definately be with as much 'official' paper work as we require...

Thanks for the advice..
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Hiring Bikes

I've been hiring bikes in north India, Himachal, Delhi and Uttranchal for the past year and never showed ANY documnetation.
Nor did any of my friends, ever, even the ones who bought bikes. India may have traffic laws about licences but these are the usual "latent" laws that nobody heeds (unless a policeman is short of pocket money).

Do I not speak the truth?
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Its when the police show up that you begin to think of such bothers as insurance and license..
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Hi all I was on holiday last year in baga and got friendly with one of the waiters from the hotel. He let me borrow his moped whenever I wanted for rps 140 a day which was great. I used to get up early and go out for hours and drive miles with no hassle. I'm going back in November to the same hotel etc and was looking around to see if there were any legal documentation I need to drive a moped in India and came across all this chat about IDPs... I have a full drivers license but understand I won't be able to drive a ped on this, so can anyone confirm what license I would need I.e a full bike license or is there such a thing as a ped license? Any info would be very much appreciated, cheers

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