We refer to the letters from Mervyn Song, (‘Penalise workshops too for illegal modification of vehicles’) and Phang Fook Ghay (‘How did illegally modified cars pass the vehicle inspection?’ ) in ST Interactive, 16 October 2012.
Illegal modifications are commonly detected during periodic and ad-hoc vehicle inspections. In addition, LTA enforcement officers conduct regular checks and acts on feedback it receives from members of the public on suspected illegally modified vehicles. Action is also taken against workshops found to be facilitating illegal modifications.
We are reviewing the penalty framework to enhance its deterrence effect. Currently, vehicle owners who illegally modify their vehicles face a fine of up to $1,000 or a jail term of up to three months, for the first offence. Repeat offenders will face a fine of up to $2,000 or a jail term of up to six months. Owners of workshops that facilitate such modifications can be fined up to $2,000, or face a jail term of up to three months, for the first offence; and a fine of up to $5,000, or a jail term of up to six months for repeat offences.
Members of the public who encounter such illegal modifications are encouraged to report the matter to LTA at 1800 CALL LTA (1800-225 5582), with details of vehicle registration number to facilitate investigations.
We thank the writers for their feedback.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations & Public Education
Land Transport Authority