In India, the legal age for applying for a driver’s license is 18 years. There is a reason why the authorities have set this rule. Driving is not just about merely driving a car around on the road but, is an activity that requires sense of responsibility and maturity. And this is exactly why the rule does not allow under-age children drive cars or ride two wheelers two-wheelers on public roads. There have been a couple of cases in the past where underage driving has caused serious problems, often causing fatalities. Here we have a video that shows an under-age child driving a Tata Nexon on public road.
The video has been uploaded by karunesh kaushal on his youtube channel. The video shows a kid, about 10-11 years of age, driving a Tata Nexon on public road with a relative on the co-driver’s seat, and another child sitting at the rear. From the video it is pretty clear that the child driving the car is sitting on the edge of the driver’s seat so that he can reach to the Accelerator, Brake and Clutch pedals. The child is not tall and can barely see above the dashboard of the Nexon. This is a recipe for disaster, and luckily for he occupants of this Nexon, nothing untoward happened on that drive.
The kid is driving on a road with some amount of traffic. The vejocle he is driving is a Tata Nexon compact SUV which is a fairly large, heavy car. The kid driving the car is so short that he can’t even see properly through the window. He is driving a manual version and it seems like that he is not doing it for the first time. He is making timely gear shifts and maintaining a constant speed but it is evident that he is not having a comfortable ride. It is so bad that he can’t even put on the seat belts as it would pull him back and won’t allow him to operate the pedals.
This is actually a stupid act and nobody should encourage such things. Even though he does a fair job at controlling the compact SUV, it’s still very unsafe to even be driving a car without wearing seatbelts, without proper visibility and control over the various functions of a car. According to a provision in the Motor Vehicles Act, if a minor is found driving a vehicle the guardian or owner of the vehicle will be held guilty. A fine of Rs 25,000 with three years of imprisonment will be imposed, the minor will be tried Juvenile Justice Act and the registration of the vehicle will also be cancelled.