Probably one of the oldest drivers in the world, Charles Michael D'Souza, celebrates his 100th birthday today and is still a very healthy person.
Born in 1914 to Charlson and Mary at Ooty in Tamil Nadu, Charles still has a copy of his birth certificate from St. Mary's church in Ooty. He is the only person alive of his 12 siblings and lost his wife, Eliza D'Souza, two years ago.
Charles works as a car driver for two bank employees in Mangalore. He joined the British Indian Army during 1932, at the age of 18 and served in different parts of the country like Andhra Pradesh, Assam and Kashmir.
He later left the Army in 1942 and took to driving as his profession. In the year 1952, Charles was sent to Mangalore to drive as a diesel concrete mixer machine by the Madras state government.
Later in 1956, he was employed by the Public Works Department till 1982 after Mangalore became a part of Karnataka. Since then, he has been working as a private driver.
Charles has a valid driver's license that is valid till the year 2019 and along with the copy of his birth certificate, he also has his school certificates, military records, identity cards, senior citizen cards, age certificate, several driving licenses, government records and many other documents.
Edwards from New Zealand who is 106, still drives his car and Fred Hale Senior from the US used to drive till he passed away at the age of 108 in 1998, are two other examples of people driving at an old age, but what makes Charles different is that he continues to drive as a profession.