Traffic authorities crack down on illegal car modifications

Illegal street racing is becoming a big problem in Cape Town.

FILE:  Officials are targeting modified cars & businesses that carry out conversions to deal with illegal street racing. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A crackdown by Western Cape traffic authorities on modifications to vehicles, which they deem illegal, has sparked an outcry.

Officials have been targeting modified cars and businesses that carry out conversions in their efforts to deal with illegal street racing, which is becoming a big problem in Cape Town.

But the City of Cape Town's Richard Coleman explains they're only taking cars off the road that have been illegally modified.

"People can modify their cars but it must be done by either the manufacturer or you must have a car builder that does that stuff and a lot of people are buying stuff from these little part shops and putting it in themselves or they're cutting their own shocks, making the car lower and this doesn't work."

Regan Plaatjes, a manager at car workshop, Power Tuning APR, fears the move will have a major impact on his business and the industry.

"We obviously have to sit down and think about it and work around it. Modifying cars in the United States, in some parts, is also illegal but thankfully, they also get around it."