The government will soon impose tougher rules for extreme car modifications that could see vehicles that have been deemed “inherently dangerous” banned from driving in the UK.
The new rules are designed to combat “involuntary” modifications that have the potential to damage or kill a vehicle or person.
The rules, which will go into effect on March 15, say that a vehicle that has been deemed inherently dangerous may only be driven if a manufacturer can show that it can be safely operated and maintained.
The Government’s move is aimed at preventing drivers from modifying cars that are “out of control” or that “exceeds the capabilities of its owner”.
The new regulations are designed so that the maximum penalty for dangerous or “invalid” modifications will be £50,000 for an “injury or death”.
The Government will also consider a fine of up to £5,000 per violation.
If a vehicle is deemed to be unsafe, but a court agrees that it is a “reasonable risk” to the public, the vehicle can be removed from the road, subject to an inspection.
The new legislation is designed to target drivers who “alter or deface vehicles”, while ensuring that the safety of the public is protected.
It comes after more than 1,000 vehicles were “shelved” at the start of the year as a result of modifications made by drivers who could not afford the cost of an independent car inspection.
Some of the vehicles involved were modified with a front bumper, rear bumper and side skirts that were not fitted with an anti-lock brake system.
Other vehicles had rear doors removed, which can be seen on the video above.
However, the Government has confirmed that there have been “only a handful” of convictions so far.
More to come.