The centre aims to give car modification enthusiasts a set of guidelines to follow to make their cars safe to drive in public

Petrolheads take note, a new centre specialising in the inspection of modified vehicles has just opened in the capital.

Located at Yas Marina Circuit, the centre’s aim is to make sure that all modified vehicles are safe to drive on public roads.

Why is this a big deal? Well, up until now there has not been any official oversite or regulations for car enthusiasts to follow should they be looking to modify their car or motorcycle outside of the standard manufacturer setup.

The new regulations are a joint venture between the UAE Ministry of Interior, Yas Marina Circuit, Automobile and Touring Club UAE, and the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology.

Modifications to engines and other car parts will now be legal pending an inspection at the new centre

Speaking at a signing ceremony for the centre on Tuesday, Tarek Al Ameri, chief executive officer of Yas Marina Circuit said, “We hope that this will be a [positive] development for the community; drivers can now modify their cars and make sure their modifications are safe,

He went on to explain that those looking to modify their vehicles will need to bring them to the centre for an inspection and upon getting the green light that all modifications are up to code, a certificate of roadworthiness will be issued.

This will come as a huge weight off the shoulders of modified car owners who currently live in a bit of a grey area when it comes to the legality of their vehicles, finally giving them the chance to put themselves on the right side of the law.

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