Car changes you must tell DVLA 'or face being banned from roads'

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Motorists have been handed a stark warning regarding making modifications to their cars. If changes are not reported to the DVLA, drivers could find themselves in hot water.

Experts advise that any alterations, stretching from tweaks to the exhaust system to new number plates or even a fresh lick of paint, must be flagged up with the DVLA. If modifications have been made and the DVLA has not been informed, an "immediate inspection" can be ordered and a driving ban could be imposed.

In line with the Road Traffic Act 1988 (Section 75), all vehicles must comply with specific standards to be legally driven in the UK. According to the law, it's illegal to alter a vehicle beyond its intended manufacture purpose. Anyone found guilty of such modifications without proper notification could face penalties under this Act, reports Birmingham Live.

EasyQuote.co.uk reminded all motorists to report every modification to the DVLA - including chassis or body shell changes, exhaust system or number plate revisions, or a colour change via vehicle wrapping.

A spokesperson for the comparison site warned: "The DVLA may request an inspection of the vehicle to verify its roadworthiness following these changes. If it is necessary to conduct tests and the vehicle fails, it may be prohibited from being used on the roads until corrective actions are taken."

Car tuning or car modification often involves making changes to a vehicle beyond the manufacturer's original standards. This could involve adding parts such as high-performance brakes, steering and suspension to elevate the car's performance.

Aesthetics-oriented modifications might include altering the car headlights or grille. However, drivers risk large penalties if they fail to inform the DVLA of any alterations made.

In some circumstances, unwarranted vehicle modifications could attract fines up to £5,000 and as many as nine points on their licence, says EasyQuote. While penalties apply to unauthorised changes, there are certain exceptions to this rule approved by the Government. Changes can be permitted for legal reasons or due to safety or health concerns for the vehicle owner, anyone inside the vehicle and other road users.