BASIC MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR JEEP SAFARIS
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BASIC MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR JEEP SAFARIS

Jeep safaris both chauffeur and self drive are the best way to explore rugged terrain, deserts, hilly terrain or any other off beaten track in India.

PREAMBLE / INTRODUCTION:

7.1  Jeep safaris both chauffeur and self drive are the best way to explore rugged terrain, deserts, hilly terrain or any other off beaten track in India. They are most useful in discovering those aspects of India where travel in any other mode of transportation is difficult.

GUIDES / DRIVERS

7.2  Drivers should be permanently employed and not on day wage, as they should know their vehicles very well.

7.3  In case of safaris in new and remote areas the driver should be trained in the use of GPS, maps and 4x4 operations in the car. The driver must have a valid driving license and experience of driving in the hills/remote areas under difficult conditions, should have basic knowledge to deal with average mechanical problems/breakdown of the vehicle.

7.4  Each trip must be accompanied by a local guide. A local driver in most cases is not able to converse with the guests in English.

Guides Training

7.5  The Guide/Trip leader should be experienced to conduct safaris, Self-drive programs. A minimum number of 2 years of experience as an assistant guide and/or a certification from a ATAOI certified body is required before supervising trips independently.

7.6  For self-drive trips the drivers must have a valid license and well trained in 4x4 and off roading techniques. The supervising driver or a trained mechanic/4x4 Expert should accompany the clients. He should be able to manage a convoy of vehicle and teach the clients.

EQUIPMENT

7.7  Vehicles should be properly inspected before every safari and a major inspection every 3 months.

7.8  In case of Himalayan and desert drives the vehicles should be equipped with 4x4 capabilities with a towing facility.

7.9  Each vehicle should have tow cable, jump start cable, jack, air pump and wheel spanner. For desert 4x4 trips one winch in each convoy is recommended.

7.10  One spare wheel and all essential spares in each vehicle is a must.

7.11  All tyres must be in good condition with min 10 mm of visible tread. Inspection should not reveal any cuts, depressions or threads in the tyre. In case of tubeless tyres a tubeless repair kit must be carried.

OPERATIONS

7.12  The following is the basis minimum requirement for operations

a) Vehicles should be comprehensively insured.

b) In case for self drive the vehicles must be insured and registered for self-drive. The client who drives the vehicle must have a valid license as will be required as per the law of the land.

c) Seat belts should be worn in front and back.

d) A working fire extinguisher within reach in the vehicles.

e) First aid kit should be in the vehicles. For self-drive, clients need to be briefed in detail about the vehicles.

f) Vehicles should not be older than 3 years and less than 100,000 Kms .

RISK MITIGATION

7.13  Drivers should be checked for drinking before driving.

7.14  If self driven by client, a consent form should be signed by the client certifying that he has not been drinking and is driving at his/her own risk.

7.15  Always follow a single track convoy. No overtaking or speeding

7.16 Always wait at traffic signals and turns to make sure that the vehicle behind catches up.

BASIC RISK ASSESSMENT

EMERGENCIES

7.17  A proper procedure needs to be in place if there is an accident. A detailed evacuation chart with list of hospitals, closest Sat Phone and evacuation services should be in place.

7.18  A first aid kit should be available if required

7.19  Person conducting the safari should be trained in the use of first aid and able to perform CPR.