| Danial Norjidi |
THE Land Transport Department (JPD) is currently in the process of establishing guidelines for the public on what modifications can legally be done to their cars, while for the time being people can find out whether a particular modification is legal or not at JPD.
Acting Director of the Land Transport Department, Dr Hj Supry bin Hj Awg Ladi, said this while speaking to the Borneo Bulletin after delivering a presentation on the subject at Institut Teknologi Brunei for the National Road Safety Seminar 2014.
In his presentation, he listed out various car modifications known to be prevalent in Brunei, such as in-vehicle entertainment systems, sunshades, bumpers and side skirts, air horns, nitrous injection devices, tinting, roof racks, turbochargers, different coloured head and tail lights and many, many more.
Some modifications, he said, are legal, while others are not. He cited Regulation 3 RTR 1956 Edition 2007, which states that a “vehicle must comply with regulation as to construction”, as well as Regulation 26 RTR 1956 Edition 2007, “vehicle be kept in good condition”.
On this point, he said, “Staying safe and legal is extremely important. When modifying your car, it is essential to remember that illegal and too many modifications can affect the road handling of your car.”
One of the questions from the audience following the presentation was about car modifications not necessarily approved by JPD still being sold and fitted at shops.
Elaborating on this during the interview with the Bulletin, he said, “(With regards to) the list of parts sold at shops, we will be talking to them to find out what items they are selling.
“When people modify their cars at these shops, there are no guidelines for them to follow. That’s why we have been looking at and reviewing guidelines from a few other countries and are hoping to customise the guidelines for Brunei.
“There are many that we are looking at,” he continued. “We have been looking into that for many months now, and we still need to study those guidelines to see whether they will fit Brunei, because we are not a car manufacturing country.
“The guidelines come from countries that manufacture cars.”
He said that JPD is still reviewing guidelines from New Zealand and Singapore, and asserted that they are looking into every guideline.
“There are about 230 models of cars in Brunei, from the data that I have for five-year-old generation cars, but there are older models that we do not know of,” he shared. “We are now churning our data to see how many models we actually have in Brunei.
“So, something is being done. We are looking into a few modification guidelines. If we can get something done at least for some kinds of modification, then we could churn out some informational guidelines to the public.
“Once we have these guidelines, we will make it readily available for the public,” he added.
Asked how those who wish to modify their cars could do so without being penalised, he said, “The existing act says that there are some modifications allowed, and some that are not. The only way to find out is to go to JPD and ask our technical people there.”
Certain modifications are allowed, he said, “as long as they meet the manufacturers’ specs”.
One of the points he drove home was that of modifications using “aftermarket” components. This means modifications that come from “another party, not from the manufacturers”.
“If it comes from the manufacturers, then there is no problem, simple as that,” he said.