[quote name='conan7772' timestamp='1328345895' post='6218602']
We can all just sit back and wait until we all own car trailers or stand up for our rights as car enthusiasts.
It's getting worse, much worse every year.
So let's be smart and know our shit.
When i bought my Skyline i was getting stopped daily for the first time ever. Long story short, got all my mods Engineered from an RTA list of approved Engineers AND EPA approved/tested.
Despite those inspections and certifications I'm still being stopped (almost daily) and treated as if im about to Rob a bank or kill someone etc....
Got footage of a cop using really nice language *coughs* and making threats ...
(had in car cameras installed due to the high level of harassment , and on top of that being treated like a 16 year old drug F@#ED hoon driving like im pissed without a licence) I call it 'thug copper protection' sometimes i really feel like im about to be the next Rodney King ...... BuT I have a gold licence, never had cop drama...ever!, that was before I bought an R34 i looked like everyone else in a stock typical aussie like car.
So, i go through all that weekly, AND my exhaust is still being defected or other parts despite having the certificates to say it ALLLL complies. When im stopped and they want to lift the hood I give them all the certificates so they can read them and do their checks, but they generally say something to the effect of " we don't think these certificates are correct, so take it to court if you are not happy here's a defect notice" Why did I spend good money to have all the Engineering certs done to satisfy Gov regulation and comply so as to do the right thing only to be treated like a thug or actually worse…. Then booked.
So its either pay 65 bucks per defect to have them cleared (without change) as the mechanics cant find any defects, every time the car gets reinspected, OR go to court weekly which i cant afford the time.
Ya see, even knowing ya shit doesn't help because the cops that act like Nazis (seriously) those ones that do as they like, knowing ya shit aint gonna help. At some point (when I have more time), the only course on offer is from my Solicitor to sue the Police which he has done for another client (with great success 150K later) , but its time consuming, A LOT of drama and effort to take it that far.
I guess I put it down to being a car Enth "its just something to expect". I want to upgrade soon to a Factory Stock GTR, I wonder what will happen then…. Im gonna bet they will still defect all stock parts too as there is no actual right or wrong where the law is concerned for car mods, its all up to how the cop interprets the car. Paper work/certificates carry NO weight. The two things that do make sense are
1. It's a do as you like policy the cops have to raise revenue , and as I understand they advance in promotion the more tickets they issue etc.
2. The Gov needs revenue and lets face it, theres a shoit load of cars out there to do it with.
Ive read a lot of threads here and other sites from people in similar situations, ive read lots of suggestions etc etc, and the only one GREAT bit of advice that does add up is;
Register cars in other states then the cops can shove their defects up their cracks as they cant enforce interstate defects. I got family friends business etc in other states as I guess we mostly all have some connection, so legally shouldn't be too hard to change over. ☺
Edited by nathanau, 05 February 2012 - 12:51 AM.