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The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988

52. Alteration in motor vehicle.

  1. No owner of a motor vehicle shall so alter the vehicle that the particulars contained in the certificate of registration are no longer accurate, unless--
  1. He  has given notice to the registering authority within whose jurisdiction  he has the residence or the place of business where the  vehicle is  normally kept,  as the  case may be of the alteration he proposes to make; and
  2. He has obtained the approval of that registering authority to make such alteration:

Provided that  it shall not be necessary to obtain such approval, for making  any change  in the  unlade weight  of the  motor  vehicle consequent on  the addition  or removal of fittings or accessories, if such change does not exceed two percent. Of the weight entered in the certificate of registration.

  1. Where  a registering  authority receives  a notice under sub- section (1),  it shall,  within seven  days of  the  receipt  thereof, communicate, by  post, to the owner of the vehicle its approval to the proposed alteration or otherwise:

Provided that  where the  owner of  the  motor  vehicle  has  not received any  such communication within the said period of seven days, the approval  of such  authority to  the proposed  alteration shall be deemed to have been given.

  1. Notwithstanding  anything contained  in  sub-section  (1),  a State  Government  may,  by  notification  in  the  Official  Gazette, authorise, subject  to such  conditions as  may be  specified  in  the notification, the  owners of  not less  than ten transport vehicles to alter any  vehicle owned  by them  so as to replace the engine thereof without the approval of the registering authority.
  2. Where  any alteration has been made in a motor vehicle either with the approval of the registering authority given or deemed to have been given  under sub-section,  (2) or by reason of replacement of its engine without  such approval  under sub-section (3), the owner of the vehicle shall,  within fourteen  days of the making of the alteration, report the  alteration  to  the  registering  authority  within  whose jurisdiction  he   resides  and   shall  forward  the  certificate  of registration to  that authority  together with  the prescribed  fee in order that particulars of the alteration may be entered therein.
  3. A registering authority other than the original registering authority making any such entry shall communicate the details of the entry to the original registering authority.

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