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..:: LEGAL ISSUES WITH MODDING ::..
One of the easiest mods to spot (and prove) if your a rozzer.
As the law stands today, it is illegal to make any changes to the standard approved character font (e.g. Italic), spacing,
or size of the plate constitutes an offence. Remember too that if you have moved the plate from it's factory standard location
(due to smoothing your tailgate etc) it still needs to be lit up adeqately at night.
You'll be quite lucky to buy an illegal plate now, as the companies that produce them are liable for prosecution if you get
Getting pulled for an illegal plate aint very clever - you're making it too easy for them! While this offence only entails
a small fine (and maybe confiscation of the plates) your drawing un-wanted attention to the rest of your modded motor...not
a good idea!
Sunstripz & Window Tintz
The sunstrip is now one of the most popular and most essential items for any modded motor, but telling this to the porkers
is no defence if you've gone a bit OTT with yours.
The sunstrip should not be so low down the screen so that it interferes with your ability to see out.
However, this isn't really all that obvious, so, so as a guide, if the strips that low that your wiper(s) touch it , it's
Trying to get round this by fitting shorter wiper blades isn't going to work either - the police aren't that stupid, and you
could also get done for wipers that don't cover enough of the screen.
Window tinting is even trickier.
It's legal to have upto a 25% tint on your windscreen and upto 30% on all other glass. However, be carefull with this (especially
windscreen), because most factory standard glass is already tinted. This may only be a 5% tint, but it could mean the difference
between a let-off and an on-the-spot fine.
Most professional window tinting companies will advise you on what darkness to go for, but if you are buying "off the shelf"
tints then dont go for much more that "light-smoke" to be safe.
Some police forces now have a light meter that can measure the light transmission through the glass at the roadside - fail
this and your fined my lad!
Single Wiper Conversion
Not usually a big problem, and certainly not worth a pull on it's own, but throw in a big sunstrip and a short wiper blade
and your done for.
Insufficient view of the road ahead. There's also the question of if it's legal to have the wiper arm parked vertically in
the centre of the screen, as this also obscures your vision.
Actually, it's probably not legal - even if it does look trick as ....
Unfortunately the blues don't do cool!
Lights are one of the best things to get you on. As all us modders know, there are now different style lights available, whether
it be Morette conversion for headlights or Lexus-style rear clusters.
However, because you don't get too many copies of Max Power or Fast Car lying about in a cop shop, they pigs aren't up to
date on whats hot or whats not. This is one main reason for a blue light and a pull.
Make sure all your lights are UK legal - being "E Marked" just makes them legal in europe, so check for UK aswell.
If you do have euro lights then make sure you add a reflector somewhere on the back of your motor, and also make sure your
rear fog light is on the correct side (thats the right hand side)
Once you've had any headlight mods done (except for brows) then make sure you get your light aligment checked over. Mis-alignment
can also briing unwanted attention to your car.
All interior and exterior neons are now deemed to be illegal. If you do fit any neons, make sure you wire them up to a switch
- any half decent neon set will come with a switch.
Also, don't drive around the roads with them on (save it for showtime). They disctract other road users, apparently.
This one's pretty self explanatory. Don't play your beats too loud!
It appears that the authorities now have by-laws concerning "music audible from outside a vehicle", and not so good fines
if your caught.
Also, don't think you can get away with it because Mr Plod isn't carrying a dB meter to tell how loud your system was. He
can still get you for "disturbing the peace" - this is on the basis of one officers judgement of the noise level. If the case
is proved, then it is quite normal to have your gear taken off you!!
Don't push it too far!!
One of the first and most essential mods to any car has got to be a set of phat alloy wheels, with some low profile rubber.
Thing is, just as practically every other mod does, these will attract attention from the police.
Are they nicked? Well, you might know where they were bought from, but the law doesn't! This is an instance where copies of
reciepts in the glove box could come in handy.
Also, your wheels should not rub on, or stick out from the arches - either of these could be picked on if you got stopped.
Finally, remember that you need some rubber around your alloys...don't let your tyres get bald!
Not something that usually gets picked on, but, did you know that if your cars slammed on it's arse or your bird is more of
a beef, then plod can do you for causing damage to the road?
No, i'm not joking...If your motor is so low that it catches the road or speed bumps etc, then you are risking getting pulled!
Try and get a route into town that avoids bumps then I guess.
Along with an air filter, this is probably one of the easiest performance mods made, and one of the essentials if you want
to be taken seriously!
Unless your system is extremely loud, you wil be very unlucky to get pulled for your exhaust.
However, there are some other little things you could get done for...
Just recently fitted your home-made straight-through system, when you used to have a CAT? Well, if you get pulled then you
could quite easily get slapped with a roadside emissions test. If you fail this (which, you surely will) then consier yourself
in the proverbial creek without padles.
Also, you tailpipe (no matter what system) should not stick out any further than the very rear of the car - something to do
with safety of pedestrians?!?
Thankfully, the motor industry does not have fashion police.
However, if they want the normal every day police could do you just as bad if you have bodged your bodykit.
Is your bumper going to fly off with a gust of wind? Or is that new splitter hanging off after too much scrubing on speed
If so, then we'd recommend getting it sorted, because if they want the police could quite easily pull you for safety issues.
This doesn't mean that your bodykit is going to have to go, because they are actually legal as long as it isn't bodged on
by your aunties sisters flatmate!
Seats & Harnesses
As long as your seats meet the UK safety standards (which they will if you have bought them from a UK shop), and they are
securely bolted in then your fine.
You should be able to fasten and un-fasten any belt/harness with one hand, and if you have harnesses then the police don't
like to see them mounted to a flimsy rear strut brace. After all, it's your life if you crash!
If you do get done for this, then it's unlikely they will go through a full roadside safety check, but they may want a full
MOT engineers report within 7 days.
Don't risk it!
Here we have some other little laws that don't really require a section of their own, but it's always usefeull to know your
It's illegal to remove side repeaters from front wings. You'll have to work around them to create the ultimate euro-style!
All except the most prehistoric motors must have at least one rear fog light. If there's only one, it must be fitted on the
right hand side of the car.
Unfortunately, you must also have a pair of rear reflectors if your clusters haven't already got them.
Fuel filler caps have to be fitted so there's no danger of fuel spillage, or of excess fumes leaking from the top of the filler
neck. (not very likely to warrant a pull though)
Front doors have to retain a manual means of opening from outside the car. Even if it's been de-locked for remote locking,
you still can't get rid of handles. Rear handles seem to be ok to remove.
Tailgates have to have some means of opening, even if it's only from the inside. This is mainly because it could be a means
of escape in event of a crash etc.
You must have at least one exterior mirror, and it must be adjustable some how.
If your thinkin of fitting some new spot light's in that bumper, then they must work! All extra lighting (spot lights, fog
lights etc) must be connected and working properly.
Pedal extensions must have rubber studs (or some form of rubber) fitted on the brake and clutch pedals, and must be spaced
sufficiently, so there's no chance of hitting two pedals at once.
If you fit a sports sterring wheels to a car with an airbag fitted as standard, then when you disconnect the airbag the warning
light will be on constantly.
As well as being annoying, it's illegal!
Pace-car strobe lights (or any other flashing light except indicators) are illegal for road use.
Please note that we could simply not cover every aspect of the law - basically because it's not possible, thanks to laws changing
all the time.
If we have missed something you needed then you can phone the MOT Helpline on 0845 6005977 to get more information.
information above courtesy of www.modifiedukcarz.tk