The Russell County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding motorists that there are specific rules when it comes to modifying their vehicles.

While many people have personalized the physical/mechanical aspect of their vehicles, they are reminded that many of these modifications do not meet the standards of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) of Ontario.

The most popular modifications are large oversized tires, missing mudguard or fender flares, specialty lighting, tinted windows, loud aftermarket exhaust and plate covers.

The OPP urges drivers/vehicle owners to be cautious when having their vehicle’s modified with aftermarket equipment. The set fines are $85 with a surcharge of $25 for each offense.

While local shops will provide whatever modification you wish, it is the owner/driver’s responsibility to ensure the vehicle meets the legal requirements.

Members of the Russell County OPP will focus on aftermarket equipment modifications and dangerous driving behaviours. When an officer on patrol observes these aftermarket equipment modifications, the vehicle is subject to be stopped and the driver charged. In certain circumstances, the vehicle could be towed and the licence plates seized.

To learn more about these and other regulations under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, visit or contact the Russell County OPP Traffic Unit at 1-888-310-1122.