Tourists are warned that Mumbai is a congested city and driving here can be quite a daunting experience where you’ll have to negotiate trucks, cyclists, errant motorbike riders as well as the occasional animal and potholes. Also, finding your way around is not so easy. Parking is another huge problem faced by Mumbai motorists. However, for those who are brave enough to do so, there are certain things to be kept in mind. Driving in India is on the left. Foreign drivers must be above 18 years of age and possess an International driving permit. Never keep valuables lying in the car even if you lock it as petty thieves abound and can easily tamper with the lock of the car and steal your belongings.
Those taking their own car to India must obtain a Carnet de Passage from an international motoring association before entering India. Motorists should seek insurance cover from an Indian insurer. Visit www.wiaaindia.com for more information.
Emergency breakdown service-Western India Automobile Association (Tel: (022) 2204 1085) provides a limited breakdown service within Mumbai for members.
For longer journeys, it is advisable to hire a car with driver.
Taxis abound in Mumbai and should be your preferred mode of transport.