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Suffolk revealed as 'boy racer' hotspot for illegal car modifications




Suffolk has been named in a list of 'boy racer' hotspots.

The insurance comparison website, comparethemarket.com, asked each police force in the UK for the number of drivers who have been fined for illegal car modifications during 2020.

Suffolk came fourth in the list, with Norfolk coming second.

Police handed out 776 fines relating to modified exhausts in 2020. Stock Image
Police handed out 776 fines relating to modified exhausts in 2020. Stock Image

The data is based on the 36 forces who responded to Freedom of Informations from the company.

The most common illegal modifications range from tinted windows to changing the colour of headlights, removing the exhaust silencer, and altering number plates.

The comparison site says vehicle alterations can be 'murky area' when it comes to insurance

All modifications must be declared to insurance provider as they can impact on premium prices.

Illegal modifications 2020. Image: comparethemarket.com
Illegal modifications 2020. Image: comparethemarket.com

But some modifications can land people in hot water with the police handing out hefty fines.

Dan Hutson, head of comparethemarket.com, said: “Modifications tend to fall into two categories: performance or cosmetic, but any modification, no matter how minor, should be reported to your car insurance provider.

Modifications which are against the law are likely to invalidate any type of car insurance policy

“Lawful modifications can increase car insurance premiums, so it’s best to check with your provider before making any changes and there are some providers who specialise in modified cars.

Image: comparethemarket.com
Image: comparethemarket.com

Figures per million people were calculated using population figures from the Office for National Statistics’ crime in England and Wales: Police Force Area data tables, as well as the population of Northern Ireland according to the Northern Ireland population mid-year estimate.

For the UK as a whole - excluding those authorities the company didn’t hear back from - the majority of offences -56 per cent - related to licence plates, with more than 13,000 fines handed out in the last year.

Illegal modification hotspots 2020. Image comparethemerket.com
Illegal modification hotspots 2020. Image comparethemerket.com

This was followed by lights (5,723), tinted windows (4,183) and modified exhausts 776.

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