There are two things you need to consider when you think about travel insurance. Firstly medical and emergency insurance. Secondly the insurance of everything else; your belongings, paperwork and flights.
The medical one is the biggie, because of the cost of medical bills and things like medical repatriation a medical bill can literally cost millions of dollars. So it's pretty important to get it right.
To save you a headache we've teamed up with Campbell Irvine to give you free medical and emergency insurance. We've negotiated with the chaps over there to change their policy to ensure it covers Adventurists of any country.
This policy is only for medical stuff, accidents and the likes and only covers you for the duration of the Run, so you probably still want to get insurance to cover your belongings AND any travel before and after the Rickshaw Run itself.
The Campbell Irvine policy summary can be found here
International Driving Permit
To drive in India, bizarrely enough, you need a driving licence. However, depending on where you got your licence, you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). This is a small booklet which explains in multiple languages that someone somewhere deemed you capable of driving on public roads.
In order to legally drive an auto-rickshaw, you must have your IDP stamped in category A to allow you to drive a 3-wheeled light vehicle.
The requirements to get the illusive category A stamped vary in different issuing countries. We have collated information from some previous teams to get you started, unfortunately the situations are so different in each country, year on year that you may need to investigate further into this.
General: One thing to realise is that an International Driving Permit (IDP) is not a stand-alone document, it is a translation of your own license. It's issued by the same organisation that issues drivers licenses, and its purpose is to make your current drivers license valid in other countries. Therefore, to get an IDP to drive a rickshaw in India, you need to have whatever license from your country you need to drive a rickshaw in your own country. For example, if a Rickshaw is classed as a motorcycle in your own country, then you'll need a full motorcycle license to drive a rickshaw in India.
International Driving Permits are issued in by 2 organisations in the UK. The AA and the Post Office.
You can obtain an International Driving Permit directly from the AA by making an application by post or by applying in person at one of the designated Post Offices who issue the International Driving Permits on behalf of the AA. To make sure you don’t encounter any difficulties in getting the ‘category A’ box stamped (which is needed to drive the Rickshaw or Mototaxi), read below.
A standard driving licence technically covers you for driving a 3 wheeled vehicle in the UK however the IDP has a different set of categories and groups 3 wheelers with light weight motorbikes.
If your license was issued BEFORE February 2001, you should be able to go to one of the designated Post Offices to obtain the IDP as the restriction code 122 should not be listed. If they protest (and some will) then ask them to consult their guidelines on IDP's as their issuing guidelines come directly from the AA. Alternatively you can make an application by post as detailed below.
If your license was issued AFTER February 2001, or on the back of your photo card licence it has the code 122 detailed in section 12, the Post Office will not stamp ‘A’. Should you have the restriction code detailed you can only make an application by post, directly to the AA, marking the top of the application MOTOTAXI JUNKET or RICKSHAW RUN – Please Stamp ‘A’.
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You can download the form and find more details on the AA website:
IDPs in other Countries
To get a 'Category A' permit in the US, you need a valid US motorcycle permit. A regular drivers license will only enable you to get a type B permit. You can get an international drivers permit at a AAA office.
You may need to have a Class 6 Endorsement (motorcycles) on your driving license to ensure you get the Category A stamped. Check the AA website for the most recent updates.
Australia now has a standard across all states. To get Category A stamped in you IDP you will need a motorcycle licence (R or RE class). Check with your local authorities to ensure this is the case.
You have three choices for getting the IDP: NAF (Norges Automobilforbund), KNA (Kongelig Norsk Automobilklub) or MA (Motorførernes Avholdsforbund). You also need to hold a valid Class A drivers license.
If your country is not listed above, we have not managed to collate information from previous teams in those countries. Please do e-mail in to firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS: YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING THE CORRECT CATEGORY OF IDP - NOT HAVING THIS WILL INVALIDATE THE RICKSHAW INSURANCE AND IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT YOU RISK IMPRISONMENT AND FINES. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE CORRECT IDP, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TAKE PART IN THE EVENT.