Car modding in Singapore hits a road bump
It’s no longer so easy to pimp your ride these days, as mrbrown finds out – by mrbrown 25 March, 2010 It’s not so Fast and Furious on the streets of Singapore, but there are still “modders” who will do anything to get some street cred. There goes the “Bao Pass Scheme” for vehicle inspections, said my buddy, Ryan, when I told him that the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) had begun a probe on vehicle inspectors for bribery. “Bao Pass” means “Sure to Pass Inspection”. According to news reports, the vehicle inspectors were suspected of closing one eye (and sometimes even both) to illegally modified cars. Car modification is very popular here, despite the almost draconian laws we have in Singapore against any kind of Boy Racer mods. I believe the popularity of modding one’s car comes from the sheer price of cars here. I mean, if you paid what is the GDP of a small Third World country for your ride, wouldn’t you want to customize it to your tastes? After all, you are going to be paying off that car loan for the next seven to 10 years of your life. What’s a few thousand more dollars for a bad-boy exhaust or tinted windows, right? But this is Singapore and we have rules and rules must be followed or the sky will fall and the space-time continuum will rupture, thereby unleashing anti-matter that will consume our very souls. I laugh at the things I used to do to my car, when I owned one. Sport rims, spoilers, exhausts big enough to stuff a small animal into… all the fun stuff a young man spends his hard-earned money on. I remember my army mates telling me about their cars.
One chap had a Daihatsu Charade or Toyota Starlet, I can’t remember which, and the engine was upgraded from a 1.3 liter model to a 1.5 liter one. I asked him how it passed inspection and he laughed, saying his mechanic would swap out the illegal engine with the correct one before its once-a-year inspection. In Malaysia, things seem somewhat looser. I knew of a relative who was driving a Malaysia Jaguar with a Honda Accord engine inside. Proton cars are often heavily modified there. Proton Wiras, for instance, are often fitted with Mitsubishi Evo III, or even IV and V, engines. I doubt if many modders consider whether their car chassis can take the additional stresses from a more powerful engine. I bet they forget about the brakes too. ‘As long as my car can fly like a bullet, I’ll worry about whether I can stop later,’ seems to be the thinking. I wonder how Singapore’s cops cottoned on to the shenanigans of the vehicle inspections. Maybe they started spotting too many Subaru WRXs with gigantic exhaust pipes that looked illegal but the owners still managed to present an inspection certificate that says it is an approved exhaust pipe. “Mister, are you sure this exhaust pipe is legal?” a cop may have asked. “Of course, officer! I got cert! See?” the driver may have cheerfully waved. “I have never heard of a Subeeru exhaust pipe brand though.” “Oh, that is their subsidiary! My car is a special edition Subeeru WXY!” In the old days, any kind of exhaust pipe modification was illegal. Things were simpler. A cop saw your oversized exhaust (or he heard it first) and it was an immediate fine. You had to pay to get it replaced with the original part, and you had to pay to send it for re-inspection too. These days, things are more complicated. Some aftermarket upgrades are allowed, as long as they are on the approved list, and not every police officer can tell if that exhaust pipe is kosher or not, unless he is also a car enthusiast. Also, in the old days, tinting of windows was not allowed. Then people pointed out that having these fancy films on car windows could cut down on heat coming in, and reduce the car’s air-conditioner consumption. To save the earth, tinting was thus allowed, as long as the rear windscreen and windows allowed at least 25% of light to come through, and for the front windscreen and windows, 70%. Many car owners interpreted this as “I can tint the windows as dark as humanly possible” and soon, cars with black windows could be seen on the roads (some with curtains too, for added, ahem, privacy).
One guy interviewed by the papers said darker windows made his black car look nicer. Completely transparent windows spoiled the look, he said, while admitting in the same breath that it did kind of hamper his ability to see clearly at night. It just took him a few nights to get used to driving in the dark. It is almost Darwinian, this train of thought.
Perhaps drivers of such cars can hang a sign outside their vehicles just after their tinted window upgrade: “Driver may not be able to see you for the next few nights”. That way pedestrians can know to stay away. I am told that tinted windows were not allowed in Hong Kong in the past, for different reasons. Police officers would not be able to tell if they were approaching a dark-windowed car filled with Secret Society gangsters armed to the teeth. I am sure that after this vehicle inspector corruption probe, Singapore roads will see fewer cars with spoilers that look like they came from the wings of a Boeing 747 or headlamps bright enough to melt glass. Maybe drivers of illegally modified Singaporean cars can consider parking their cars across the Causeway. They can hang out with the Brudderhood of Modified Protons, Malaysia Chapter. Better be careful, their 300bhp Proton “Evo III”s may kick your asses. Just don’t challenge them to stopping.
Editor’s Note: Say What? with Singapore’s mrbrown is a regular CNNGo column by Singapore blogger, mrbrown. The self-declared “accidental author” of the hugely popular mrbrown.com website, he’s been documenting and commenting on the dysfunctional side of Singapore life since 1997. Visit his website at http://www.mrbrown.com.
URGENT MESSAGE modified vehicle laws bad
Some of you may not know that there are changes to modified vehicle laws that are about to happen in W.A, this has not been publicised hardly at all, (GEE I WONDER WHY THAT IS? the clincher is that we only have till april 9th then its all over to have any say in the matter. basically they are trying to restrict what we have already even further, the eastern state laws are to fall in line with this also at a later date, so everybody has somethig to loose here. if you are building or contemplating building a modified car you really need to read this urgently as they can change their mind if your car can be registered by the time you have completed it. this also affects people with cars that are already modified as it states a car can be recalled for inspection at any time and can be deemed unregisterable even if engineered. the mongrels are taking away our right to drive what we like and another peice of our freedom that our diggers gave their lives for. please dont think SHE’LL BE RIGHT! thats the thinking thats got this country into the mess its already in now. please take the time to read up on this matter, this will also have an impact on the performance and aftermarket car industry, so if you are in that line of buisiness i strongly sugest you read the info suppied and voice your opinion. we cant let them get away with this. info and links are below. they dont want modified cars on the road full stop.
Please back us up ad lets do something about it while we can. thankyou. THIS IS CRITICAL TO THE FUTURE OF MODIFIED CARS. Have a good easter in your pride and joy because next easter things could be alot different. This quote below is from http://www.pharosalex.com.au/pages/33achome.html
Note: Builders, modifiers and owners of vehicles need to be aware that compliance with this NCOP does not guarantee that a vehicle will be acceptable for registration in the case of an ICV or for continued registration in the case of a modified registered production vehicle. If, for example, an ICV submitted for approval does not handle or brake satisfactorily or has any other feature that renders the vehicle unsafe or not roadworthy, it is most unlikely that it will be accepted for registration. It is also important that builders and owners keep abreast of changes to legislation and vehicle registration policy in their jurisdiction, particularly in cases where a project is expected to take some years to complete. Changes to legislation before a vehicle is completed may mean that certain vehicles cannot be registered without appropriate modifications. Similarly, regulations pertaining to vehicle modifications, vehicle standards or registration policy may change causing certain vehicle modifications to become unacceptable in the future. Take this how you choose, but the way i see it, should they choose, that project your building, V8, 4 linked, tubbed etc could well become a white elephant and never see registration, let alone the road. This has already had an impact on one of my projects, due to track widths and 4 link. Eastern staters, in the not too distant future could well be in the same position we sandgropers in W.A are already. How about this for an example… MAXIMUM RIM SIZE FX – HR 5.85 inches. ( but out of the generousity of their hearts they will allow 6 inches ) REGARDLESS WHETHER FULLY ENGINEERED OR NOT, OR SUPSENSION REDESIGNED, ALL TRACK WIDTHS NOT TO EXCEED 25MM GREATER THAN ORIGINAL SPECS, NO TOLERANCE FOR UNDERTRACK.
If you dont give a shit for the future of our hobby, then dont bother reading. http://www.fbekholden.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5013&start=45&postdays=0&postorder =asc&highlight=
Rediculous Australian Laws / Dumb Laws in Australia
Why does this law exist? Children may not purchase cigarettes, but they may smoke them. You may never leave your car keys in an unattended vehicle. It is illegal to walk on the right hand side of a footpath. Under Australian Communications Authority (ACA) regulations, a modem can’t pick up on the first ring. Taxi cabs are required to carry a bale of hay in the trunk. Bars are required to stable, water and feed the horses of their patrons. The legal age for straight sex is 16, unless the person is in the care/custody of the older person, in which case it is 18. Only licensed electricians may change a light bulb. It is illegal to wear hot pink pants after midday Sunday. You must have a neck to knee swimsuit in order to swim at Brighton Beach. Until the Port Arthur Killings it was legal to own an AK-47 but not legal to be gay. Lawmakers are proposing a new law that will not allow anyone to come closer than 100 meters from a dead whale’s carcass. It is illegal to roam the streets wearing black clothes, felt shoes and black shoe polish on your face as these items are the tools of a cat burgular. It is illegal to walk on the right hand side of a footpath. Bars are required to stable, water and feed the horses of their patrons. Only licensed electricians may change a light bulb. It is illegal to wear hot pink pants after midday Sunday. You must have a neck to knee swimsuit in order to swim at Brighton Beach. It is illegal to drive straight into your driveway, you’re meant to reverse in and drive out straight. QLD Taxi’s must carry a bale of hay in the boot at all times.
Comments by Australian Car Modders :
F*ck this Labor government… F*ck Kevin Rudd and F*ck the minister for environment Penny Wong… If they had it their way we’d all be driving Toyota Priueses.. Bastards. Labor are known for their abolishing of civil rights. People see it every single day but they still get voted in. Look at the internet censorship. Freedom? Lucky country? I can’t help but laugh at that.
In terms of vehicles : Bad Government, Politicians To Avoid –
Collusion on design of vehicles to cause higher petrol usage. While vehicles gotten larger generally, the wheels remain undersized. Now we know it costs more energy and petrol to run a vehicle on smaller wheels, so consider what the manufacturers intend when they build vehicles with small wheels rather than wheels as large as possible . . . then consider that vehicles may not need 1000s of ccs to run but are over powered intentionally to cost more in fuel consumption again . . . or that the spare parts factories tend to stop making spare parts in as soon as 10-15 years so that owners are forced to buy entire new cars. This way further profits are available and people have to keep on upgrading to the newest models. The law colludes on this clearly when Toyota Priuses or Camrys are imported by local governments who’s term limitless functionaries and term limitless politicians have relatives or proxies that own car dealerships or franchises instead ogf buying local brands – in a form of massive collusion and cronyism. Clear enough how to vote and who not to vote for?
Current laws on car modifications too strict, say enthusiasts Mon, Jul 26, 2010 The Brunei Times/Asia News Network BRUNEI, MUARA
Some local car enthusiasts expressed their dissatisfaction over the strict rules on car modifications currently being imposed after already spending a fortune on modifying their cars. According to a report last year, the Land Transport Department (LTD) is still in the process of formulating a general guideline on the limits of car modifications in Brunei. Twenty-four-year-old self-employed Jordan Wong was one of several car enthusiasts The Brunei Times spoke to get their opinion on the current strict laws of car modifications. He said: “In other countries, car modifications are easily approved by the authorities. For example, in Perth, they just need to pay around $20 to $30 and will get it approved as long as it’s safe.”
Comments by Bruneian Car Modders :
He added: “Brunei is a car-loving nation and there are a lot of people who don’t have anything to spend their money on (aka Brunei = boring and oppressed), so they spend it on their cars. It’s just like a hobby to them but the LTD doesn’t allow anything to be modified. They catch almost every single modified thing on the car.” Wong who has spent around $12,000 to modify his car said: “I don’t understand why even window tinting is not allowed in a hot country such as Brunei. And if someone wants to tint his car, he will need to have it go through test reports from the British or Japanese Institute of Standards which is such a troublesome procedure. Moreover, in Brunei, car is our main mode of transport and driving around under the strong UV sunlight can cause skin cancer.” He said: “I’ve actually been caught for body kit on my car. But I don’t understand why they even catch when it’s not even a safety issue.”
Another enthusiast, a 33-year-old owner of a modified Nissan car, said that Brunei’s law on car modifications was too strict. “It doesn’t allow us to do anything to our car. Our car is just like another member of the family we have to care about,” said Saiful Ahmad. “I’ve even asked the LTD about what can be modified and they told me that even if I change my car stereo without consent from the department, it will be considered illegal,” said the government worker. “My car is a reflection of who I am. It’s just like how you dress. You want to wear something that you like and be comfortable in it.” “Since I’ve already spent so much money to buy a car, I want to make it unique. When I see my car beside another same car model, I want to feel special.”
The government worker has spent about $5,000 on car cosmetics. Like many others, a 19-year-old restaurant owner who would only give his name as Wee, also thinks that the law is too strict but doesn’t want to modify his car. Wee, whose restaurant is in Gadong, said: “I’m willing to spend a lot of money for car modification if the law permits since I don’t have anything else to spend my money on in Brunei. It’s better than spending money on drugs and alcohol.” Declining to be named, a self-employed enthusiast who also deals in car accessories, said: “If the law is more lenient, then we can bring in more updated car accessories more frequently. There is a ready market for it in Brunei. These accessories are not that expensive and can make your car more appealing as they are not in the way of safety.” The self-employed further said it will lead a driver to maintain his car better which can also help reduce pollution and improve safety. However, a female private sector employee said: “Car modification is fine but there’s a limit as to what can be modified. For instance, those cars with the blinding lights are an annoyance to other drivers. It’s worse for older drivers who are not able to see other cars passing by with those bright lights shining on their eyes.” The 25-year-old , who only wants to be known as Tan, thinks that the Land Transport Department needs to quicken their process of introducing the new guideline on car modifications. “There are still so many illegally modified cars around, and especially those with the loud engines… They are just causing more noise pollution.”
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1) F*ck this Labor government… F*ck Kevin Rudd and F*ck the minister for environment Penny Wong… If they had it their way we’d all be driving Toyota Priueses.. Bastards.
@AgreeToDisagree : There is import collusion between the car company, in this case Toyota, and government via the MP for certain. Vote ANY MP who will not promise to make drop all those oppressive laws BEFORE voting for the bastards and bitches.
2) In Malaysia, things seem somewhat looser. I knew of a relative who was driving a Malaysia Jaguar with a Honda Accord engine inside. Proton cars are often heavily modified there.
Proton Wiras, for instance, are often fitted with Mitsubishi Evo III, or even IV and V, engines.
@AgreeToDisagree : There does seem to be a good understanding of the car modder culture but the guidelines in the JPJ seem quite narrow. Perhaps they should be adapted to these below modified vehicles so that modders can have more freedom. There is little enough freedom here with gambling venues limited to 4D and no legal adult services (except the informal ones that operate under the official radar or mere VIP clubs which are too costly for the working class Johns).
3) However, a female private sector employee said: “Car modification is fine but there’s a limit as to what can be modified. For instance, those cars with the blinding lights are an annoyance to other drivers. It’s worse for older drivers who are not able to see other cars passing by with those bright lights shining on their eyes.”
@AgreeToDisagree : Do take care to point those beams on the ground.
4) “There are still so many illegally modified cars around, and especially those with the loud engines… They are just causing more noise pollution.”
@AgreeToDisagree : These loud engine modders could still be allowed to drive but could be given tickets if in an obviously residential zone. The police could try issuing a map for loud engine suitable zones.
5) Car modification is very popular here, despite the almost draconian laws we have in Singapore against any kind of Boy Racer mods. I believe the popularity of modding one’s car comes from the sheer price of cars here. I mean, if you paid what is the GDP of a small Third World country for your ride, wouldn’t you want to customize it to your tastes? But this is Singapore and we have rules and rules must be followed or the sky will fall and the space-time continuum will rupture, thereby unleashing anti-matter that will consume our very souls.
@AgreeToDisagree : Hey morons, stop waxing lyrical about space-time or bandying about terms like ‘Bao Pass‘ and put a stop to this b.s. and act – **Vote an MP who will legalise cheaper or abolish COEs or abolish or lower Import Taxes instead of complaining**. Run for election even if no MP wants to help the people and continue things like COE. Consume the MPs souls instead. Don’t speak as if sheer price of cars or import taxes is written in stone. It can be cheap as the rest of the ‘3rd World’ if you choose the right MPs or run as MP. Obviously Singaporeans have not been choosing their MPs correctly despite their education. Or is it brainwashing that occured?
Try the below links for an idea of what is probably minimal to a car modder, heck maybe all cars will also be sea worthy as well in the future, have VTOL jets fitted so the citizens can fly off and leave Orwell-land behind. The below examples should be legal in the next few weeks or by the next election at most – otherwise vote those Toyota Prius loving creeps to hell, throw them out of the country for causing such distress for what is likely a Human Right even :
Watch Mad Max for some ideas then take a look at Libyan Rebel Footage and consider Right to Bear Arms as well (though firing in a crowded street should get an immediate ticket, but when the traffic is negligible – no harm in firing away like those fighters do out of sheer exuberance for life. Libyan lawmakers, write the above car modding issues into law, and I and millions of car modders will migrate to Libya posthaste when things have settled down . . . ). Any country which does not allow cars or modifications or variants of the same like these to go on the road, or demand COE, should see a mass exodus of voters from their current MPs who do decide if the modifications are allowed. Who knows, countries like Pakistan, Iran and even Russia might be more lax than the above Orwellian nations overall, at least having no opinion except when an accident is caused by a falling part or somesuch or someone harmed by misfiring weapons.
Scenario Case Study in Difference Between Orwellian States and 3rd World States :
Mortar goes off barely misses a vehicle . . . In Afghanistan or Somalia or Libya etc. : Brown/black skinned nappy headed sand n1gg3r gets out of crappy camo painted (zebra/cow/giraffe print?) car with AA gun mounted on top. ‘A-hamdulah hamdula . . . (Translated : Oops sorry about that glancing mortar strike, will this crock of camel’s milk and a few ripe poppies to compensate that cracked car window be alright?) Soldiers milling around in khaki uniform ignore entire exchange. Both parties depart amicably . . . as opposed to :
Cherry bomb set off by kid goes off . . . in England, Australia or Singapore : People screaming in dramatic faux-histrionics . . . then swarming black helicopters and black SUVs with storm troopers and tasers AND any nursing mothers in the area suing for millions, metrosexuals who had lost their sh1t (literally) scraped their nail polish whatever and had PTSD nightmares for months later suing the state for 100s of millions in court cases. Court cases last for YEARS in a media circus that generates 10 times the GDP of a 3rd world country that taxpayers have to pay to the Court and Prison system and colluding/profiteering supplier chain. As a spin off, curfews (new fines!) on children entering parks are born, prohibition on cherry coke is reintroduced (somehow a psychiatrist decides it incites ‘Cherry Bomb’ use) , which will justify more taxes on ‘dangerous’ implements like plastic baby food spatulas deemed ‘too sharp around the edges and are reclassified as weapons’. . . Cherry commodities markets suddenly need to sue the state for political incorrectness by using the words ‘cherry’ and ‘bomb’ on media causing fruit related stocks to fall, leading to a ban on fruits being served in schools that lead to suppliers of foods other than fruits making massive profits which lead to Brawdo’s Thirst Mutilator replacing fruits as a dietary requirement due to various new lawsuits and fruit prohibitions . . . you get the idea?
USA is still paying the judicial and prison system and dealing with copycating spin offs on more lawsuits, and ‘Cherry Bomb’ kid has become a JFK assassin type urban legend . . . which if playacted on halloween can result in arrests and further lawsuits . . . meanwhile back in 3rd world the same individuals who were in that accident still carry their stingers and AKs, and probably expanded their roadside stall businesses a little bit more probably are selling fruits that the same fruit related companies in lawsuits have moved to the 3rd world to based plantations from to avoid special taxes on ‘fruits’ . . . while term limitless officials and politicians become as rich as ‘Mittens’ or ‘Iceberg’ . . . The First World fails . . .
So much for the ‘Free World’ and ‘First World’ like Singapore, Australia and USA, ‘Orwell Fever’ has gotten hold of them. Citizens please vote properly or just migrate to a freer country. They’ve begun to take the citizens for granted and are nepotistic and abuse laws to control people rather than serve them. The irony is that the idiot voters who complain about high taxes or property assessments don’t see to know that with the right MP voted in, income tax could be ZERO and they could mod cars into mobile homes or build homes on land without invasive Municipal Council abuse and need for approval.
Whats to approve? It’s your damn land and your damn money. If you want to build a 1000 ft tall penis or a 1000 ft wide vagina on your land it’s your damn business. The only flaw was that the MP you voted was an ars3hol3 who refuses to amend those invasive laws ! So think and ask clearly what your candidate intends for or against you then vote accordingly. Whats wrong with you voters? Why are you tolerating all this invasive b.s.?
See a nepotist? A plutocrat? A racist? A religious fundamentalist? Term limitless politician? Big business linked car importer? ALL UNVOTABLE.
General Voting Cautionary (Ad Nauseum)
. . . Regarding Malaysian Candidacy Problems from Plutocrat Paradigm Candidacy Fees with MPs that refuse to Lower Election Deposits . . .
Make sure you know what you are voting for. In Malaysia’s case I keep hearing them say, it’s too expensive to run for candidacy! Then the solution is to ONLY and SPECIFICALLY vote for an MP that will **Lower the Election deposit from 15,000 to 150**! This country is for all and not just the rich. The MPs or candidates who refuse to lower the deposit are those who are preventing many hardworking and honest folk who deserve to run for election and are UNVOTABLE! Under pro-plutocrat MPs who refuse to lower deposits the governmment becomes a plutocracy and eventually colludes with GLCs and big business to oppress the citizens. As the MP candidate to promise to lower the deposit on penalty of quitting the post in a time frame. Otherwise do not vote for that MP. DO NOT vote for candidates running for MPs and Assemblymen, even political parties who refuse to PROMISE to lower those deposits.
The Gambier Threat – Mid 2010 http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/1378/gambier1.jpg
Invasive By-Laws Against Sovereignty of Title/Land Owners http://jeremiahfoo.com/?p=5887&cpage=1#comment-100231 http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=318515515322&topic=14724
When in doubt, vote only for Joe Publics who are worth no more than 200K (or 20 million if you’re feeling generous), see the pledge/questionairre below and ask your MP candidate or Assemblyman candidate, current MP or Assemblyman to sign with a cam taking down the signing in the presence of as many media reporters or people as possible.
The above examples are no better than Malaysia’s refusal to abolish section 377B which has been distressing the LGBTIQ community here for ages. Or the apostasy Syariah Court laws that make choice of religion impossible for Malays. All Malays will be Muslims or they will los their Bumiputra Rights to become less than minorities as of now. That is an untenable situation that the Judiciary and Malay Lawyers in the Bar Council have neglected to address !
Even the Tunisians and Egyptians are smarter than Australians now despite being ‘3rd World’, and now they are freer because they were braver and more primal and righteous as a people.
Perhaps a ‘First World Spring’? Do you think if they modified their car anyone could demand they pay a fine? The could carry bazookas and fire AK47s all the way while riding into the next town without issue! THATS democracy!
Occupy (W)All Street(S) !!! Or at least vote by the above link’s pledge requirements. Kick those high MP or Assemblyman candidacy deposit maintaining, damn tax creating and tax raising hinderances to freedom and autonomy of mankind out of power, and strip their wealth if they are plutocrats who have profiteered of your fathers and grandfathers and now you and your children !
What do you mean we can’t modify a car, have to pay for a registration paper to change the colour, make sales of vehicles illegal between 2 individuals without making the buyer and seller go through a DMV middlemen, or ‘ask permission’ from a group of people called Councillors (some of which are not even voted for in the 3rd world) to build an awning extension or build a house on your land without asking someone you voted for in an office first? Our life, our property, our money, our choice ! Vote the bastards to hell and stop being morons!
DO NOT vote for candidates running for MPs and Assemblymen, even political parties who refuse to PROMISE to lower those candidacy deposits.
DO NOT vote for candidates running for MPs and Assemblymen, even political parties who refuse to PROMISE to abolish Eminent Domain powers.
DO NOT vote for candidates running for MPs and Assemblymen, even political parties who refuse to PROMISE to grant Allodial Property Titles.
DO NOT vote for candidates running for MPs and Assemblymen, even political parties who refuse to PROMISE to end Forced Military Conscriptions.