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Old 29th May 2024, 03:39   #40516
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His response was: 'I'm police, this is a government car. We never have insurance for police cars, please claim own damage.'

While I was not fully convinced, I did not want to make it an issue, with my family sitting inside the car. We mutually agreed to take photos, shook hands and left.
The Bolero is registered to "Addl Director General of Police" as per Vahan website. You can call them on their landline (number on website), a staff would pick up and answer your query. I am pretty sure they would help if you want compensation for the damage.

There could be 3-4 ADGPs so you might have to call them all on their landlines. I am not sure you would actually do it (given people generally shy away from police) but just in case you want to.

ADGP is the 2nd post from top in a state police.

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Old 29th May 2024, 14:26   #40517
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I think the culture is a big problem in India. Many of my friends here (all of us only recently got licences) consider cutting into lanes, turning fast, driving fast, and rash driving as "good driving", something reminiscent of the games we have played or the movies we have seen. But they consider sedate and lawful driving as "uncool", "slow", and "fattu".
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This avoidable mishap apparently happened 2 days ago in Kerala. The result of a very common motoring mistake seen on Kerala roads - taking a right-turn from the extreme left of the road. The biker sadly lost his life.

https://www.facebook.com/share/v/muM...ibextid=w8EBqM

When taking a right/U-turn, we must be close to the centre/median (on our side), after proper indication to other motorists using turn indicators.

While bikers have the excuse of being bullied by big vehicles if they venture to the centre of the road, it’s common to see even car guys make this mistake. Like this guy I recorded, who not only made it difficult for everyone else on the road, but in the end had to abort the right-turn & move on.

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Old 31st May 2024, 09:41   #40519
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Thankfully, he stopped and apologized.
You should be thankful that they didn't make you pay for the damage to their vehicle my friend. Hope you had a dashcam. You dodged a bullet there!
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Old 31st May 2024, 10:11   #40520
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The Bolero is registered to "Addl Director General of Police" as per Vahan website....

I am not sure you would actually do it (given people generally shy away from police) but just in case you want to...
Thanks for the info, it did not strike me to go check the number plate. And you're right, I did not feel comfortable doing anything beyond just taking photographs, parting ways amicably and claiming insurance. This police officer seemed like a very young chap (late 20s types), so it could have someone junior taking the car out.

And most importantly, I'm leery about any interaction with the police, mainly because of my earlier experience of having had to grease their palms for paperwork during the aftermath of an accident in 2021.

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You should be thankful that they didn't make you pay for the damage to their vehicle my friend. Hope you had a dashcam. You dodged a bullet there!
Dodged a bullet might be accurate here. Because I don't have a dashcam installed.
That area is covered by at least 3 CCTVs mounted on the traffic signal posts, but the footage would be available with the police themselves. Thankfully the damage was as minimal as could be, given the impact of the collision.

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Old 31st May 2024, 10:57   #40521
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In my opinion, we have three broader problems:
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We have someone at the helm boasting about how travel times are being reduced with road development projects. I hope to see the leadership pridefully boasting how they have made Indian roads safer for all with robust initiatives.
In my opinion, it is a blend of these three but there's a lot more to it than just these. It goes far more than just "not caring".

What I believe is that people here lack respect. In a country where actors, cricketers, government officials, and politicians are often prefixed with 'Sir' and 'Ma'am', it is very ironic. In the context of driving and overall road manners, people here lack respect for others. If you are not driving a blacked-out Mahindra Thar or a Fortuner adorned with a political affiliation flag, you are essentially nothing to other drivers on the road. Hell, they don't even have respect for their lives.

The majority of the riders (based on my observation) still wear helmets forcibly just so that they do not have to pay fines (or bribes), and this is evident as most of the riders are out with either open-faced helmets or off-brand cheap helmets that they don't even care to strap, so that it's easy for them to take it off as soon as they pass a region where there is police checking. The same goes for car drivers: no seatbelts, driving twice the amount of the posted speed limit, no lane etiquette, randomly stopping wherever they like to see the navigation on their maps, etc. This all just comes down to selfishness and lack of respect. People are extremely selfish here, and I would be lying if I said that I haven't been selfish in my driving experience, but you know what I have never been? A reckless driver. I have never ridden without a helmet, I have never jumped a red light, and I have never driven on the wrong side of the road. All of this is not because I have the patience of a saint but because I have respect for the traffic rules and my life. I wish I could say that I have respect for others, but there have been countless incidents of me being thrashed and abused by some low-life biker, car driver, or auto-rickshaw driver who was coming from the wrong lane or constantly honking behind me to give them space so that they can jump the traffic light. I genuinely have no respect for these people, and I do not care how that sounds.

I know that I am not the only one who respects the rules and values their life, and there are a few like me, especially on this forum. However, the majority of this country's citizens are selfish, and our current state—not just of traffic manners but of overall life—clearly proves that. Although education can improve the situation, it’s not going to get any better since the majority of people on the roads have only a superficial education (cramming stuff to pass exams is what passes for education in this country). Sorry for the long post.

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Found this interesting read online:

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2024/...ogramme-india/
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From the X, this is another chilling video. VIEWER DISCRETION PLEASE

https://x.com/abhitoshsingh/status/1...0%2Fframe.html
Seems intentional, the driver must have thought it was a small animal and ran over him.

Hope strict action is taken
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This is possible. Because I definitely know buses of the government transport corporations do not have insurance. Any compensation awarded by the courts will be directly settled by the government. It is possible they are following the same rule for all their vehicles.
The RTO's car of my city doesn't have a live insurance

That's how the government machinery runs.
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A viral video shows a dramatic incident a Tata Punch SUV in a rollover accident, going down the mountain.

What were these guys upto

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/.../110662322.cms
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The RTO's car of my city doesn't have a live insurance

That's how the government machinery runs.
I gathered that, Section 146 of the Motor Vehicle Act states that there is no necessity for insurance against any third party loss if any vehicle is owned by the central government or a state government and used for official purposes, unconnected with any commercial enterprise.

Further, there is a provision for a Govt fund by the concerned authority through which the loss to any third party could be compensated.

Bottom Line: Govt Vehicles used for official purpose need not have insurance ( do not have insurance) by law as per Motor Vehicle Act (Law of the land).

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A viral video shows a dramatic incident a Tata Punch SUV in a rollover accident, going down the mountain.

What were these guys upto
Lucky escape! Probably reversed a bit too far on the narrow track and was trying to get back on to it?
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Old 3rd June 2024, 19:02   #40528
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Viewer discretion is advised

https://x.com/DriveSmart_IN/status/1797592918787756177

At 20 seconds mark, the car just rampages through a junction. No idea what could make someone drive like this. News claims driver (aged 72) lost control. What is the definition of lost control?

https://www.freepressjournal.in/mumb...everal-injured

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No warning could have prepared me to expect what I just saw.

That driver was well over 100kmph or much more. It was pedal to the floor inside a slow unmanned city junction.

If it was a pure health related accident, then that septuagenarian is going to die of guilt. Should have stopped driving long ago.

The if part is to be taken with salt, please!
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Viewer discretion is advised

https://x.com/DriveSmart_IN/status/1797592918787756177

At 20 seconds mark, the car just rampages through a junction. No idea what could make someone drive like this. News claims driver (aged 72) lost control. What is definition of lost control?

https://www.freepressjournal.in/mumb...everal-injured
Very disturbing visual this. Shows that if unlucky, one can be in eye of the accident with no fault of theirs and no chance to evade it either. Helmets...importance of good quality helmet is only thing that could possibly save.


72 year old causing this accident, my best bet is some medical condition or emergency occurred. It could be as basic as he passed out due to low sugar or any other such kind. Generally, an average 72 year old drives too slowly. Of course police will have to rule out DUI, if he was a habitual offender etc.
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