Everyone learns driving and give driving tests every day in the country. Vikram Agnihotri from Indore too, decided to get his driver’s licence and very well got one. But does that make it interesting? Not yet. Agnihotri is a 45-year-old double amputee and drives just using his legs. He is – in all probability – the first person with no hands, to get a driving licence.
Agnihotri has never let a disability come in the way of chasing his dreams. He is reportedly a motivational speaker and is pursuing LLb, while running a gas agency in Indore. According to the Times of India, Agnihotri used to have a full-time driver but said now felt liberated while driving. He added that he realised one could not always depend on others for their basic needs. For those wondering how does he manage to drive with just his legs, Agnihotri holds the steering wheel with his right foot, holds the accelerator with the second and drives an automatic gear car.
When he applied for a permanent licence in October 2015, Agnihotri was asked to take a rigorous driving test on a heavy-vehicle track. “My application was rejected on the grounds that I cannot give hand signals while driving,” he said. The transport commissioner’s tribunal in Gwalior gave him a technical reason for failing him in the test. He was told that his car was not designed according to the needs of a differently-abled person.
So with a lot of effort, he got his car modified according to his needs.
Ever since then, Agnihotri has been filing petitions to state ministers and Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways in India, and reportedly got his permanent licence only by September 30 this year, in the invalid carriage category.
While many of us still struggle to drive our cars properly, even with years of experience, Agnihotri has driven around 14,500km in Indore without any mishap. He wishes to drive to Leh soon.