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Modified Motor Vehicles

The Cobourg Police Service has received numerous questions and concerns about this month’s S.T.E.P. initiative. As such this media release is being sent out as a clarification to some issues that some have voice.

The primary goal of this initiative is road safety through education and enforcement with officers concentrating their investigations on motor vehicle safety equipment systems.

The Cobourg Police Service will continue to focus our attention on modified vehicles that can be a safety concern for others in the community. Many car enthusiasts do regular modifications to their vehicle to enhance a variety of features.

The only modifications that will draw the attention of the police will be those modifications that would cause the vehicle not to meet the changes to the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, Ontario Regulations 611 regarding passenger and light duty vehicle inspection standards. Examples of this are after-market mufflers designed to create loud noise, tires set at an angle that cause undue wear and tear on tires rendering them unsafe, obscuring signal indicators or other lighting systems, obscured visibility due to changes in windshields or passenger windows and others.

This is by no measure aimed at addressing the modifications that are normally made to vehicles that attend the variety of “cruise nights” around Town.

Additionally, it has been brought to our attention that the true focus should be on vehicles that due to their age or neglect are no longer able to pass those same inspection standards. Officers will also be addressing these issues in the month of August.

Any further questions or concerns can be directed to the Deputy Chief of Police. The link to the updated regulations can be found at

Thank you for your concern and feedback.

The Cobourg Police Service is determined to make our community roadways as safe as possible, through enforcement and education.  The Police Service has enhanced our traffic patrols with the implementation of the Selective Traffic Enforcement Project (S.T.E.P.); the project is being run from March 2016 to March 2017 focusing on a different topic monthly.

The Cobourg Police Service encourages the community to become involved with this monthly initiative and report motor vehicles that appear to be modified and / or unsafe.