Jail term of 6 months for modified vehicle owners

Dec 6, 2021 1 min read
Jail term of 6 months for modified vehicle owners

The influence of car modifiers have grown among new generation customers. If you are planning to customize your vehicle by adding some extra cosmetic, you must be aware of consequences of doing so. Therefore, before planning about any modifications to your car and motorcycle, you should keep the judgement of Supreme Court issued in 2019 regarding this matter.

As per the judgement made by Judge Arun Mishra and Vineet Saran in Supreme Court, no modifications should be made to the vehicle that is different from real modifications recommended by the manufacturer.

With regards to article 52 of Motor Vehicle Law, 1988, which states that modifications which changes the information of the vehicle mentioned in registration certificate are not allowed. Basic modifications like wider rims, engine, louder horns, bigger alloy wheels, exhaust are illegal in the books of law.

If a person wishes to carry put alterations such as operation with a different type of fuel, he/she follow the rules by Central Government, which is a hassle-free process.

Other than fuel options, minor changes can be made such as bumper corner protectors, color of your car, upsizing of tyres and wheels for a lower variant within the limit. The vehicle owner have to pay a fine of Rs 5,000 per alteration or imprisonment for up to 6 months, if any of the rule mentioned is violated.

Vehicles with extra modifications can be used as a project cars for many and one can use them on private property like a race track or on a farm. But, the police can seize it from the public highway.

Aftermarket accessories like the bullbar, too big tyres are banned in India. Such vehicles attract a lot of attraction but they are made at local garages without proper equipment.

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