13 mai 2008

Certificate of Registration of Motor Vehicle...finally done!

Today was an important day for the preparation of the journey, as I finally went to pick up the Certificate of Registration of my bike at the Western Indian Automobile Association (WIAA) where I am a member.

I  bought my bike more than a year ago but didn't take the time to register it on my name, by negligeance I admit but also because I knew that I would never be in trouble in India if the cops arrested me and I didn't have my bike papers with me. It never happened anyway and when arrested a couple of time (it's quite usual as they are often curious about a foreigner riding a bike in the city), I was only asked to kindly show my driving licence. The encounter would most of the time end on a nice note chatting about Mumbai life, asking if I were married and if I liked spicy food... A few times I had to give a little something in cash (my favorite part in it was negociating the bribe!)...anyway it was always fun at the end!

For the trip I of course had to get everything proper and make the arrangements to transfer the bike from the previous ownership (an unknow-to-me Mr Desai living in the northern suburbs of Bombay) to me through one of the flagship departments of the Indian Administration : the Regional Transport Office (RTO) ...ohlala...if you are living in India, you know that Indian Administration is really corrupted and one of the slowest in the world...

I had 3 solutions in front of me:
- go to the RTO myself and camp there for one month in order to get the transfer of ownership done.  I am exagerrating a bit for the one month spent but I should have to take a lot of free time to go to the differetn RTOs - but only one office would be to simple - and explain my case to an army of local babus - the local name for the dedicated superintendants of the local administration!
- ask the services of an 'agent', pay him a good amount of money (around 4 to 6 000 INR - yes bribes fees are very reglemented and fixed in the Indian administration) for the paperwork to be done with no questions asked.
- finally go through WIAA who has an agreement with Mumbai RTO to facilitate the transfer of ownership

As I am an ethical person (ok no comment) and I didn't want to loose my temper trying to solve the matter with the local babus, I opted for the last solution. I will spare you the endless procedures (bike passing, tranfer from one RTO to another, etc.), but after more than a month and a half of phone calls to make sure my case was properly handled, going to the WIAA office to carry out all the necessary paperwork I was finally granted the certicicate of registation of my bike on my name which you can see below:


Ok, it doesn't kick a$$ but I love the vintage look of the 'thing'. Please admire the piece of paper with my signature on it glued to the book. What a craftsman work!

Posté par Leboogieman à 12:36 - - Commentaires [1] - Permalien [#]

Commentaires sur Certificate of Registration of Motor Vehicle...finally done!

    Pot de vin....please. I give you license. Only 50 Rupees for my "Chai".

    T'as vu c'est trop facile à obtenir des trucs en Inde. Tu as pris la meilleure solution avec des principes d'ethics. Ca vient de ta maman (Françoise si vous lisez....Germain et un bon garçon grâce à vous). C'est moi qui l'ai corrompu dans ces 2 dernières années.

    I would choose solution 1. To camp with the boys is always fun. So much happens on a camping trip. I would get my documents in a "jiffy". With me things are always done in a "jiffy". Hahaha.

    N'utilise pas ce carnet comme 'Toilet Paper' quand t'es à Iran ok. On manque d'eau dans ce pays.

    Posté par Joël, 13 mai 2008 à 13:54 | | Répondre
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