Only minor modifications are allowed and the installation of accessories should be in accordance with all installation requirements as stated in the Motor Vehicle (C&U) Rules 1959.
Modifications that are not allowed include any modification that may affect the stability of the vehicle or that may cause the vehicle to become dangerous when used on the road. ’Cut and Join’ Modifications that are not allowed
1. Cut and join of a vehicle’s floor from left to right
2. Cut and join of left and right front windscreen panel
3. Cut and join of left and right rear windscreen panel
4. Rejoining a half-cut vehicle body to any other vehicle.
Anyone contravening the above may be charged under Section 6 (1), (2), (3), (4), (5) of the Road Transport Act 1987 and Section 94 of the Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Rules 1959. Section 6 (5) of the Act states that ‘If a motor vehicle is used, sold or supplied or offered for sale or altered in contravention of this section, any person who so uses the motor vehicle or causes or permits it to be used and any person who so sells or supplied or offers for sale or alters such motor vehicle or causes or permits it to be sold, supplied for sale or altered shall be guilty of an offence.’
How can you avoid buying ‘cut and join’ vehicle?
1. When you buy a used vehicle, make sure its chassis number is not tampered with.
2. Make sure your vehicle is inspected by PUSPAKOM.
3. Make sure the seller settles the problem of registration and licensing first.
4. Make sure the vehicle is not blacklisted.
5. Make sure the particulars in the vehicle registration card match the vehicle to be bought.
6. Make sure you check the vehicle data at the RTD.