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Vehicle Modifications and the Law - Ontario Police Edition

Format Softcover + CD-ROM
Catalogue No. 978-0-7798-1430-5
Pages 154
Language English only
Price $60.00
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Written by Mathew John.
Published by Carswell, 2007.


As a reference guide for police officers, mechanics and car enthusiasts, Vehicle Modifications and the Law – Ontario Police Edition, explains what law enforcement professionals should look for and what remains within legal boundaries regarding vehicle modifications. Unless you’re a car expert yourself, how do you distinguish a vehicle that has been modified illegally for street racing from one that has been customized legally by a car enthusiast? You could wade through the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, but the Act doesn’t tell you which aftermarket products are illegal and why. This is the first book published for law enforcement and legal professionals that explores the contentious legal issues of car modifications and street racing. Among a wealth of other information, Vehicle Modifications and the Law – Ontario Police Edition offers a concise, single resource that combines, technical, legal and fine information, as well as:
  • an explanation of nitrous oxide, the dangers, technical aspects, what to look for and laws around search
  • advice on how to save time while searching for suspected illegal modifications – “don’t cause a traffic jam looking for illegal modifications”
  • advice for traffic officers to make on the spot decisions
  • explanation of when to know to call MTO regarding mod inspection searches
  • fine information, inspection information and technical information
  • explanations of when you can and can’t take unsafe vehicles off the road
This pocket-sized reference also includes a CD-ROM with a useful index and glossary to find what you need, as well as all the insurance and contact information forms you need to file modification charges.

About the author: Mathew John is a former Municipal Law Enforcement Officer with Toronto Police Services and the creator of the national anti-street racing program PACER (Police and Community Educating Racers). A car enthusiast, John also owned an auto body shop and worked for General Motors and Honda. He teaches a course on “Legal Mods” at Centennial College.

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