Vehicle modifications in Singapore

Vehicle modifications in Singapore

It is illegal in Singapore to carry out vehicle modifications of some kinds, and they have reasons for being so restrictive about extreme modifications. The lowered stance in the picture is most definitely illegal. With a lower body, the tyres are more likely to rub against curbs, speed bumps, and if the wheel arches are regularly rubbed, you can also expect blow-outs.

 

Getting insurance

It is possible that some insurers may refuse to cover vehicles with modifications, despite having passed LTA inspection. Motorists are obligated to disclose all modifications, regardless of whether the LTA has accepted them. Non-disclosure could result in your claims being rejected.

 

Illegal modifications

  • Air horns
  • Chassis
  • Crash bars
  • (Aftermarket) Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs)
  • Decorative lights (like undercarriage neon lights)
  • Increasing engine capacity
  • (Aftermarket) High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights
  • Removing protective motorcycle chain guards
  • Disabling the automatic switch-on function of motorcycle headlights
  • Nitrous injection devices
  • (Use of) Spot lamps
  • Tinting or masking of vehicle lamps
  • Tow hooks

 

Approved modifications

  • Bumpers
  • Car seats
  • Fog lamps
  • Fuel additives
  • Fuel molecule polarisers
  • Gear knobs
  • In-vehicle entertainment systems
  • In-vehicle information & communication systems
  • Intake air filters
  • Intake manifolds
  • Meters and gauges
  • Radiators
  • Rollover bars
  • Roof racks
  • Seat belts
  • Side skirts
  • Side windows and partitions (for light goods vehicles)
  • Spark plugs and spark plug cables
  • Spoilers
  • Sports rims (for cars only)
  • Steering wheels
  • Sunshades
  • Suspension systems
  • Tinted films
  • Tinted glass – Approximately 70% of light must pass through the front windscreen and its two side windows, and at least 25% must pass through the rear windscreen and its two side windows.
  • Tyres

 

Modifications that require LTA’s approval

  • Engines
  • Exhaust system
  • Hoods or canopies
  • Seating arrangements
  • Sunroofs
  • Superchargers or turbochargers
  • Transmission

 

How will your modifications impact your annual motor insurance?

Get in touch with your insurer or continue shopping around! Because there are some insurers that will charge you an extra premium, and others will not. In all cases where your car is modified, it is recommended that you inform your insurer or prospective insurer of the changes made to your car and inquire as to how the changes might affect your premiums. Besides that, now that you know about the illegal vehicle modifications in Singapore, try avoiding these modifications!

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