The modification scene is getting bigger every day in India. People have started to get more aware about how their car or bike looks and hence garages are seeing new customers every now and then who want to personalize their cars. However, one thing that is not known to many is the fact that how strict Indian laws are about car modification. Even small changes that are deemed illegal by rule books can get your vehicle booked. Though there are other ways to get permission for your modification, it involves a long process of getting your car tested by ARAI or getting the Registration Certificated updated from the RTO. This however is as tedious in reality as it is to read here. Therefore, we have compiled a list of ten such modifications that are illegal to do without informing the authorities in India. Get aware, folks.
Turning it into a Limousine
No matter however cool the idea of turning your car into a stretch limousine may look, the end result would be your car getting booked and even confiscated. According to the law, any modification that involves altering the structure of the vehicle is illegal. A car has to be cut in half and then stretched from the middle for it to be made into a limousine. This structural change can be dangerous if not done properly. If your car is converted into a limousine and being used on public roads without getting any ARAI certification, it can be seized instantly.
Making it smaller
In the eyes of law, this is no different than elongating your car. Shortening a vehicle again means altering its structure and which is extremely dangerous. It is mandatory for every vehicle selling in India to get an ARAI certification and altering the length of the vehicle means one has to get it re-certified by the government authority. Structure alternations are a strict no-no.
Now this may come as a surprise for many as there are many customised vehicles on the roads. However there is a difference. Using bolt on body kits is not illegal as they don’t make any structural changes. But customising the vehicle in any form by putting a different body on it is illegal. Making a replica of some other car by modifying your vehicle is again illegal. There have been many instances when the cops have seized customised bikes and cars in India.
An exoskeleton or external roll-cage is placed on vehicles to protect the vehicle parts from getting damaged and instead, the external frame takes any such beating. It also saves the occupants during a rollover as the main body does not get heavily crumpled. These type of things are usually done on hard-core off-roading vehicles. However, exoskeletons increase the weight of the vehicle which disturbs the vehicle’s centre of gravity and makes it topple prone. While it is perfectly legal to drive such cars at private events, they are illegal on public roads and can be seized by the police force.
Aftermarket Exhaust are another modification which can lead to a seized vehicle. As with horns, the exhausts also are provided with certain guidelines which include its loudness. Anything above the permissible limit can lead you getting in trouble with the cops. Most of the famous exhaust manufacturers sell street legal exhaust that have a maximum decibel rating. However, most of the cheap aftermarket performance-oriented exhausts are extremely loud and are allowed to be used only in a private area, like racing tracks.