The first automobile
came to Bombay in 1897. Soon the number of cars on Mumbai's roads
warrant the formation
of a motoriing body that would take up causes that plagued car owners
even at that time.
Much bitumen has been poured on Indian
roads since then but the causes yet strikingly remain similar - concern
for better roads and demand for better fuel.
The Western India Automobile Association was founded
on October 15th 1919, and since then it has been serving the
motoring community in all possible ways. Today WIAA is the largest
and the oldest motoring body with over forty-eight thousand members
and a network of 7 branches in 4 states of Western India.
WIAA - Castrol Institute of Motoring at Ahmedabad
The institute is equipped with state of art equipment and aims at
carrying out research on Road Safety and giving training on road safety
to all users of the road.
Inland & Foreign Touring Services
If you are planning a trip by road anywhere in India or abroad, WIAA
can help you plan by providing road maps & route charts.
Members can get discounts at over 100 select hotels all over the
country on room tariff.
WIAA membership grows to over 48000
Enjoy all the benefits of membership, join WIAA !
Western India Automobile Association is the largest Automobile
Association in South Asia. It has grown from a strength of 500
members - all Englishmen - to with over 48,000 members
today and the scope of its activities extends to cover major
cities in Western India.
The Association is headquartered in Mumbai, and offers its services
in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh
and Goa. The Association has 6 branch offices apart from the
HO in Mumbai, and it offers to all its members a wide variety
of services ranging from issuing of learners' licenses to legal
advice on motoring issues.
Apart from its original aims and objectives, the Association
also undertakes to promote tourism within the country. In its
very first decade of existence, the Association built up over
1400 routes covering nearly half a million miles. The WIAA is
actively in touch with its counterparts in other countries,
giving them the necessary travel information as a part of its
program to attract tourists in India. The WIAA also has reciprocal
service arrangements with other Automobile Associations and
Clubs all over the world.
The Association is recognised as India's major authority on motoring
issues and represents its members and motorists interests to the
Government and other sector and industry groups.
Fines - The Association undertakes
to pay fines for traffic offences at the various courts in Mumbai
on behalf of members after having received the requisite amounts
Legal Advice - Advice is available on any matter arising
our of the use and ownership of motor-vehicles, such as disputes
with insurance companies, liabilities for accidents on the road,
interpretation of the taxation, traffic and other rules.
Breakdown Services - This service is rendered by the Association
through the Road Service Department (which is located at the headquarters).
The service available only in Mumbai, upto Mahim on the Western
side and Sion on the Central side from 8.00 A.M. to 12.00 P.M only.
The service, while not equipped for major repairs, can undertake
repairs of minor electrical or mechanical faults. The members availing
of this service will have to present their current membership card
to the Road Service Patrol. Failing this a deposit of Rs. 50 will
be collected by the Patrol, which may be refunded on production
of proof of membership at the office. The Emergency Road Service
can be contacted on the following telephone number: 022-2041085.
Towing services - of WIAA is available only in Mumbai.
The contact number for Towing Services is: 022-2047032
Free PUC check. WIAA offers free PUC check for its members.
The PUC vans is available at following venues:
Marine Drive (opp. Hindu Gymkhana, Service Road) Monday-Friday
(10.00 A.M to 4.00 P.M. - except 1st and 3rd Tuesdays) and Saturday
10.00 A.M to 1.00 P.M.
WIAA's Andheri Collection Centre 6, Kapoor Building, opp. Punjabi
Ghasitaram J.P. Road, Andheri (W), Mumbai 400 058 1st and 3rd Tuesday
- 10.00 A.M. to 1.00 P.M
Insurance Services - Renewal of Motor Vehicle Insurance is undertaken
on behalf of members of the Association. The Service is also available
for taking out a fresh insurance policy. The Computerized Insurance
Certificate and Policy is issued on the spot in Mumbai. Overseas
Mediclaim Policy is also issued to WIAA Members on the spot from
the Mumbai Office.
Insurance Rebate - Members are entitled to a 5% rebate (subject
to a maximum of Rs. 100) on insurance premia. However this rebate
is not applicable to company owned vehicles. In case of two-wheelers
the rebate is 5% (subject to maximum of Rs. 50).
Inland Touring - Accurate and detailed route charts to any
place in India along with information about distances, petrol pumps
and other details that a motorist on tour may require. Road maps
are also available to members on payment.
Distance Certificate - WIAA provides certified "distances"
between various places in the country - for commercial purposes
- at a fee of Rs. 15/- for each distance certified.
Reciprocal Services from other Automobile Associations in India
- Membership of the WIAA carries with it virtual membership of all
Automobile Associations in India. The services of these Associations
are extended to all WIAA members.
Touring Abroad - The WIAA has reciprocal arrangements with
Auto Associations and Clubs all over the world. Members can avail
of the services provided by these Associations and receive assistance
whenever they travel abroad. The Foreign Touring Department
supplies information about travel in foreign countries and provides
members with Customs Carnets for temporary importation of their
vehicles into countries to be visited. It also issues International
Certificates for Motor Vehicles which permit circulation
in other countries, and International Driving Permits (IDPs)
which eliminate the need for separate Driving Licence in each country.
A detailed list of International Associations and Clubs with which
WIAA is associated may be obtained from any of WIAA offices.
Storing of Motor Vehicles at Mumbai - The Association offers
to store and take care of the cars on behalf of members. The maximum
period for which a car can be stored is 90 days.
Taxation matters - All matters regarding M.V. Tax, Muncipal Wheel Tax, Transfer of
Ownership of Motor Vehicles and claims for tax refund are handled
by the Association. The WIAA collects any pays taxes to the authorities
for thousands of vehicles per year. This is a very popular service,
availed by most members as it saves them considerable time and trouble.
The office also has a free "M.V. Tax Reminder Service." On submitting
the request in the prescribed form a member is sent a reminder notice
about 2 weeks before the tax is due.
Application of Driver's Licence - Applications for Driver's
Licence will be accepted by the office from an individual member,
or a member of his family (i.e. spouse, or unmarried daughters or
sons upto the age of 21, provided they are staying at the same residence).
In case of "company members" this facility is extended
to the "user" of the vehicle whose names along with
respective vehicle numbers are registered with the Association. A driving license renewal reminder service also is extended
to members. Once a completed reminder form is lodged with
the office, the member will receive a notice two weeks before the
expiry of his driving licence. The Association also undertakes the
renewal of the licences for members.
Issue of Learners License - WIAA in conjunction with the
RTO issues Learners Licences for the Association members only, on
Mondays and Fridays between 10.00 A.M and 12.00 A.M.
Motoring Magazine - The bimonthly "Motoring Magazine" containing
useful and relevant information is sent to all members free of charge.
Survey of vehicles - The Association offers services of surveying
of vehicles by qualified assessors.
Hotel Rebate - Over a 100 selected hotels all over the country
grant a 10% discount on room tariff to WIAA members. A detailed
list of the hotels can be obtained from any of the WIAA offices.
Discount on Car Rental Service - The Association has an arrangement
with Wheels Rent-a-Car (Hertz), by which members can get a discount
of 5% on production of their membership cards.
Western India Automobile Association
Lalji Naranji Memorial Building
76, Veer Nariman Road Churchgate, Mumbai 400 020
Tel: 91-22-2041085, 2047032, 2041293,
WIAA's Andheri Collection Centre
6, Kapoor Building,
opp. Punjabi Ghasitaram J.P. Road,
Andheri (W), Mumbai 400 058