Illegally-modified vehicles will be inspected more often

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Cars found with illegally-modified engines or exhaust systems will have to go through more frequent inspections.

Starting from Sunday (Nov 1), vehicle owners caught with illegally-modified engines or exhaust systems in their vehicles for the second or subsequent time will have to bring in their vehicles for inspection once every six months for a period of two years.

Those caught for the third or subsequent time will face even greater scrutiny - their cars will be inspected once every three months for a period of two years, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Wednesday (Oct 28).

Normally, a vehicle is required to go for an inspection once a year or two years, depending on the age and type of the vehicle.

So, what modifications can you make to your engine or exhaust systems?

According to the One Motoring website, you can change a vehicle's engine, provided it is the same type as the original one. If swapping engines between two vehicles, one of the vehicles must be scrapped immediately. All changes are subject to LTA's approval.

As for the exhaust system, any modification will have to be approved by the LTA.

What can you do to your vehicle? 

For the full details on what you can and cannot do to your vehicle head over to One Motoring's website.


Those who do not comply with the new inspection regime the first time can be fined up to $1,000 or jailed for up to three months.

For those who fail to comply for the second or subsequent time, the maximum penalty will be doubled.

This new inspection regime is on top of the current penalties against those with illegally-modified vehicles.

Any person who is convicted of an illegal modification can be fined up to $2,000 or jailed up to three months, for the first offence.

Repeat offenders can be fined up to $5,000 or jailed up to six months.

Additionally, a vehicle with tampered engines will be deregistered and the owner may not be granted rebates for the remaining value of the vehicle's Certificates of Entitlement and the Preferential Additional Registration Fee (PARF), if any.

Source: One Motoring