By Rebecca Lewis @RebeccaSLewis

MEET the wacky 'backwards' driver who has been reversing his car along India's roads since 2003

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Videographer / Director: Basit Umer

Producer: Nick Johnson, Rebecca Lewis

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Harpreet has been reversing his car along India's roads since 2003

Harpreet Devi started reversing the car at speeds of up to 50mph after his vehicle broke in reverse and he couldn't afford to repair it.

Harpreet has even fitted an ambulance siren to alert other drivers and pedestrians ...

Even when he got the money together, he was so used to driving backwards he had it fitted with three more reverse gears.

He said: “One day I had trouble when my car wasn’t working properly. It had got stuck in the backwards gear.

“I got out from the city and there was no money in my pockets so I tried driving the car backwards and got all the way home.”

The car now has four reverse gears and one forward gear
Harpreet has constant neck and back problems from looking into the rearview mirror and over his shoulder

Harpreet, from Bhatinda, India, has now been given special permission by the state government to drive legally in reverse but says his health has suffered.

He has constant neck and back problems from looking into the rearview mirror and over his shoulder.

He insists the bizarre modification was borne out of necessity, not vanity.

The unconventional driver says he now feels safer going backwards than he is going forwards
The driver from Bhatinda, India, has now been given special permission by the state government to drive legally in reverse

At the time it broke he was unable to get the car immediately repaired and had to drive home constantly looking through the rearview mirror.

But after gaining confidence, he decided to keep the unusual car.

It now has four reverse gears and one forward gear.

... and added headlights to the rear of his car
He started reversing the car at speeds of up to 50mph after his vehicle broke in reverse and he couldn't afford to repair it

Harpreet has even fitted an ambulance siren to alert other drivers and pedestrians - and added headlights to the rear of his car.

He says he now feels safer going backwards than he is going forwards.

The wacky 'backwards' driver who has been reversing his car along India's roads since 2003