A lot of people are fitting a steering wheel in their Tuk Tuk so we thought we would take a look at this.
Is Fitting a Steering Wheel in a Tuk Tuk Legal?
I am sorry to inform you that if you have fitted a steering wheel to your TVS King or Bajaj RE you have made a legal vehicle illegal.
Department of Transportation and Communications
08 September 2010
Subject: Harmonization of Motor Vehicle (MV) Classifications of LTO and LTFRB
Section 5, Number 5.2 of the Order states: “The modifications involving safety and environment shall not be allowed, such as the following: Axle modification; Chassis modification; Extended chassis/body; Additional siding of dump trucks; Extended overhang; Change of rim size; Modification of handle bar and muffler; and Reconfiguration of body dimension and design.”
It clearly states you are not allowed to modify the handle bar. Even with their poor English Handlebar is one word not two. It is still the law.
So if you change the handlebars of your Tuk Tuk for a steering wheel you could be fined or have your Tuk Tuk impounded.
It does not stop there, with the new PMVIC vehicle checks required by LTO to renew your registration they will probably refuse to renew the registration.
LTO are spoiling it for people.
I am in no way a fan of LTO much of what they do or often don’t do seems crazy to me but when it comes to the PMVIC and stopping such modifications they are spot on and it is something they should have done years ago.
Annual Vehicle Inspection in other Countries
In most countries they have had an annual vehicle inspection to make sure vehicles are safe and in a roadworthy condition since the 1960s. It is something that is important to save lives.
You only have to look at the road death rates per country to see that annual vehicle inspections save a lot of lives.
In the UK the death rate per 100,000 vehicles is 5.7, in Germany it is 6.4 both these countries have annual vehicle inspections.
In the USA it is only some States that require an annual vehicle inspection in many it is only required when the vehicle is sold. And the death rate is 14.2 deaths per 100,000 vehicles which is more than double the UK and Germany.
In the Philippines where they only checked for Emissions it really shows why annual vehicle inspections are needed with 135 deaths per 100,000 vehicles.
What would happen if people in Other Countries Replaced Handlebars for Steering Wheels
In many countries if you made such a change of Fitting a Steering Wheel in a Tuk Tuk you would have problems a long time before the annual vehicle inspection.
In fact you would be lucky if you managed to travel 10 to 20km before you got stopped and had your vehicle impounded.
Even worse it would not end at having your vehicle impounded you would also receive a big fine and have points put on your driving licence that if you get enough points you lose your license.
A Steering Wheel will Void your Warranty
You can be pretty sure that any warranty you have on your three-wheeler will be void if you decide to alter the controls in anyway.
A Warranty only covers the vehicle if it is the same as when it left the factory any modifications voids that warranty.
Any Accident Becomes Your Fault
In the eyes of the law if you have made illegal modifications to your vehicle and you are involved in an accident, the fact that your vehicle has what they regard as unroadworthy modifications you will be to blame.
If someone is injured you could find yourself having to pay their medical bill for years to come or even for the rest of your life.
You might think but my insurance will cover their medical bills, but this would not be the case because the modification you made will make your insurance void, so they will refuse to pay out.
Fitting a Steering Wheel in a Tuk Tuk Conclusion
If you are thinking about Fitting a Steering Wheel in your Bajaj, TVS King or Piaggio Ape don’t it is illegal and is likely to cost you a lot of money.
There is a very good chance that when it is time to renew the registration it will be refused and your hard-earned money you spent buying your three-wheeler will have all been wasted.