Car modifications or bodykits might seem like an innocent act, that is until you break the law.
Pimping out your ride is a big part of car culture here in Malaysia. Many motoring enthusiasts tend to spend their hard-earned money on personalising their car, which can span from being tastefully done to being excessively hideous!
While it is fun to start adding or subtracting parts to our cars, many don't seem to consider the legal implications of these modifications, so to set the record straight, we explore what is allowed and what isn't by definition of the law.
The guidelines that our dear Road Transport Department (Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan Malaysia) sets out is quite straight forward, but in some cases, there is more to it then meets the eye.
There are some modifications that can be performed without prior JPJ approval, however, these must be made according to the specified guidelines. The lists of modifications are:
Seems pretty straightforward right?
Not really, because these modifications or installation of accessories must comply with the Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Rules 1959 or the Motor Vehicles (Construction, Equipment and Use) Rules 1988.
For those who would like to personalise and modify their car even further than this, JPJ has guidelines for that too. For additional modification that you intend to make that will result in a drastic change in the shape, size, stability, safety and original specs of your vehicle, a written permission from JPJ is required before you can proceed with the modifications. These include modifications to:
While JPJ is willing to allow some degree of modification, there are some that they are not willing to entertain. We can see why they won't allow these modifications listed down below, as it is a matter of safety.
These modifications are strictly not allowed on any vehicle:
For those who are wondering why there are no guidelines for tints, we just chose to leave them out as we have already discussed this previously here.
So do you think JPJ are being reasonable with what is permitted and those that are illegal? We want to hear your opinion, so please do comment.
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