Advice for vehicle owners wishing to modify their cars has been issued by Devon & Cornwall Police in an effort to help keep young drivers safe on our roads.
A new leaflet (below) has been released by the Force in conjunction with Road Casualty Reduction Sgt Owen Messenger and offers advice on body work, number plates, suspension, exhausts, wheels, tyres, lights and windows.
It follows Sgt Messenger’s successful collaboration with the GCM YouTube channel which looks to dispel common myths around modified cars and the “car scene” in general.
Their most recent project sees GCM and Sgt Messenger work on modifying a one-off Ford Focus RS police car to show how such alterations can be made safely – as well as offering advice on the “Fatal Five” causes of road traffic collisions.
Sgt Messenger said: “Modifying your car is something that we know is popular but many people don’t understand how this fits in with the law and what you can or can’t do. Not all the modifications we see are either legal or safe.
“New cars are type approved to meet safety standards and The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986. Any modifications you make also have to meet these standards, as well as pass an MOT at anytime.”
You can see the new leaflet below:
For more information about GCM and the Ford Focus RS Project, visit the YouTube channel.