Planning to modify your car or bike? You could be fined or imprisoned

There are numerous the reason why one would need to modify their car or bike reminiscent of to stand out within the crowd, to enhance the efficiency of the automobile or to merely experiment with the automobile’s capabilities. While some nations all over the world enable aftermarket modifications of autos, such is just not the case in India.

If you have been planning to customise your automobile by modifying its structure, you could be inviting hassle because the penalty for such an act is a hefty fantastic of up to 5,000 per alteration or up to six months imprisonment. As per a ruling by Supreme Court (SC) in 2019, it’s unlawful to modify or alter a automobile in such a method that makes it differ from the specs offered by the producer, which means one can’t mess around with the structural options of the automobile.

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This judgement handed by SC is in sync with Section 52 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, which additionally states that no such modifications ought to be made to a automobile which might be completely different from the knowledge talked about within the automobile’s registration certificates. 

Modifications to the width of the tyres or alloys, increment within the loudness of the horn, modification within the width or the size of the automobile or to the engine are all unlawful within the nation. Tinting of the car home windows can be prohibited. 

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However, sure minor modifications can be carried out on the autos with some permissions and paper-work. If one needs to get the gas sort modified or set up a CNG equipment within the automobile, a previous permission from an authorised Regional Transport Office (RTO) would be required. An analogous permission has to be sought to get the color of the automobile modified. Other permissible modifications embrace including door protectors or rain guard, altering suspension settings, barely altering wheel measurement and altering headlights/tail-lights.

The purpose why structural adjustments on autos are unlawful within the nation is that these may cause security risk in addition to an environmental one to some extent.


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