Posted on Monday, August 26, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.
Watch out when modifying your car
The Russell County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding motorists that there are specific rules when it comes to modifying their vehicles.
“While many people have personalized the physical and mechanical aspect of their vehicles, they are reminded that many of these modifications do not meet the standards of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) of Ontario,” stated a press release from the OPP. “The most popular modifications are large oversized tires, missing mudguard or fender flares, specialty lighting, tinted windows, loud aftermarket exhaust and plate covers.”
The OPP urges drivers to be cautious when having their vehicle's modified with aftermarket equipment. The set fines are $85 with a surcharge of $25 for each offence.
“While local shops will provide whatever modification you wish, it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure the vehicle meets the legal requirements, maintained the release. “Members of the Russell County OPP will focus on aftermarket equipment modifications and dangerous driving behaviors. When an officer on patrol observes these aftermarket equipment modifications, the vehicle is subject to be stopped and the driver charged. In certain circumstances, the vehicle could be towed and the license plates seized.”