License plate changes most common illegal vehicle upgrade with 13,000 caught
More than 13,000 drivers were caught driving with altered license plates last year, more than any other illegal upgrade. The 13,720 violators accounted for 56 percent of all modification concerns among drivers.
Changes to the headlights of a car were the second most popular improvement with more than 5,700 motorists involved.
Illegally tinted car windows were spotted on more than 3,000 cars last year, accounting for 17% of all illegal notifications.
Finally, the modifications to the exhaust were also listed as a major issue by Compare the Market.
Only 776 drivers were caught with illegal exhausts, accounting for just three percent of all shady modifications.
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He said: “Mods tend to fall into two categories: performance or cosmetics.
“But any modification, even minor, must be reported to your auto insurer.
“Legal changes can increase auto insurance premiums, so it’s best to check with your supplier before making any changes and some suppliers specialize in modified cars.
“Changes that are against the law are likely to invalidate any type of auto insurance policy, so do your research first.”
New data from Compare the Market also revealed major UK hot spots for illegal edits.
Gloucestershire tops the list with an average of 1,452 offenses per million people on average.
Norfolk was second with 1,251 offenses per million people. Next come Northern Ireland and Suffolk.
London finished fifth with 9,373 infractions recorded in the past year.