The Institute of Advance Motorists (IAM) has made a statement focusing on aftermarket modifications that could have serious consequences for those who undertake them. One of the areas of concern is diesel particulate filter removal, which although it is illegal is offered by a few garages as a legitimate service. Another area of concern is the use of xenon bulbs in headlights. Again this is against the law and it can increase the odds of blinding oncoming drivers. The third area of concern relates to occasions when the electronic control unit of the vehicle is deliberately reprogrammed. This is also known as chipping. Insurers typically do not offer cover (or offer expensive cover) when this has taken place. While some drivers may choose not to tell their insurers, this is very likely to render their insurance invalid.
Aftermarket modifications may seem like a good idea to some drivers, but as you can see they either break the law or invalidate insurance policies (or both). They can also be immensely dangerous to other road users and increase the odds of accidents occurring in some situations as a result.
When does compensation for an accident get paid out?
Compensation will only be paid to those affected by a road accident if proof exists that another person or party was at fault and caused the accident in the first place. In this situation, and provided the accident occurred within the previous three years, the innocent party may be entitled to claim for compensation for the injuries and inconvenience suffered as a consequence. Since this can be a grey area that is often confusing, seeking advice from a professional injury compensation lawyer is often a good choice.
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Source: BBC News
Date Published: August 12, 2014
Author: David Brown