Mahindra Thar Modifications Gets Owner Sentenced To 6 Months Jail Time

The Mahindra Thar has been the vehicle of choice for modifiers and custom car shops across the company ever since it was first introduced 12 years ago in the year 2000.

However, with laws regarding vehicle modifications getting stricter and more regularly enforced, the decision to modify a car/bike just isn't as easy as it was before.

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This is something the owner of a modified Mahindra Thar found out the hard way recently in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir when he was pulled up before the courts.

The owner of the modified Thar had made quite a few modifications to his previous-gen SUV. These modifications included retrofitted LED lights, an aftermarket hardtop bigger wheels and tyres and a high car siren.

The owner was found to be in direct violation of Section 52 of the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988. The court found that the Thar's structure had been altered from what was specified on the registration certificate of the SUV and sentenced the owner to six months in prison.

However, instead of going behind bars, the owner of the modified Thar was instead given the benefit of probation as this was his first conviction and the fact that his offence.

The Thar owner was also asked to execute a good behaviour bond of Rs 2 lakh for a period of two years. Failing to abide by the terms of the good behaviour bond would see the owner of the modified Mahindra spending the full six months behind bars.

In addition to the sentence, the court in Jammu and Kashmir instructed the Srinagar RTO to remove the car siren and all other modifications made to the Thar that were in violation of the Motor Vehicle Act of 1988. This will ensure that the Thar is restored to its original condition as specified by its registration certificate.

Thoughts About Modifications & The Law's Response To Them

Modifying any car or bike into something that is a far cry from what is specified in its registration certificate is not only illegal under Indian laws but also in most cases an eyesore or an eardrum breaker.

While we feel that a little bit of customization to help show off the owner's personality is a good thing, our current laws make it quite a challenge for even the best of customizers. Owners should therefore get any changes directly from the factory or authorized showroom to not fall foul of our nation's laws.

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Article Published On: Monday, November 21, 2022, 13:02 [IST]
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