Great South­ern po­lice say they will not apol­o­gise for pe­nal­is­ing il­le­gally mod­i­fied four-wheel-drives in Al­bany, after a back­lash against the force on so­cial me­dia.

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Geez you blokes must be proud. An­other few deaths saved by get­ting this blokes (sic) car with 35s off the road.

Cops are wast­ing time on pulling over peo­ple for tyre size. This kind of poor polic­ing does noth­ing more than drive a wedge be­tween WAPOL and the com­mu­nity.

Great South­ern po­lice have hit back at crit­i­cism from mo­torists on so­cial me­dia for is­su­ing de­fect no­tices for il­le­gally mod­i­fied four­wheel-drives, say­ing the de­ci­sion to is­sue a yel­low sticker is about road safety.

Traf­fic po­lice were con­demned on their Face­book page last week for high­light­ing the is­su­ing of de­fect no­tices for il­le­gal 35-inch tyres and lifted sus­pen­sions, draw­ing angst from the four-wheeldrive com­mu­nity.

Senior Con­sta­ble Kriss Lo­gan said po­lice were not de­lib­er­ately tar­get­ing the mod­i­fied cars but the amount be­ing no­ticed on the roads could not be ig­nored by of­fi­cers un­der­tak­ing their role as traf­fic en­force­ment of­fi­cers.

He said of­fi­cers had not pri­ori­tised de­fect no­tices over of­fences such as drink-driv­ing, speed­ing and non-use of seat­belts.

“When it comes to road safety that’s what we are look­ing at and road­wor­thi­ness all round,” he said.

“Man­u­fac­tur­ers make their cars to be as safe as they can at the time, ul­ti­mately peo­ple mod­ify them and that’s when we get those con­cerns of those mod­i­fi­ca­tions.”

Po­lice say they only re­quire “rea­son­able be­lief” to is­sue a de­fect no­tice and the car is then re­quired to un­dergo a full ve­hi­cle in­spec­tion by a li­censed ve­hi­cle in­spec­tor, who rec­om­mends changes and ul­ti­mately al­lows the car back on the road.

Sen. Const. Lo­gan said many of the mod­i­fi­ca­tions were be­ing un­der­taken in back­yards and po­lice had come across a se­ries of il­le­gal lifted sus­pen­sions and 35inch tyres in re­cent weeks.

He said low­ered cars and loud ex­haust sys­tems were also be­ing no­ticed.

“We are not pro­fes­sional me­chan­ics, we just have enough ex­pe­ri­ence to know that it is not right,” he said.

“It all comes down to safety, the cars have not been de­signed to run that way and it is a con­tribut­ing fac­tor to crashes.”

Ve­hi­cle in­spec­tor Kevin Theyer said he had no­ticed some driv­ers chang­ing their cars back to the il­le­gal modification after pass­ing an in­spec­tion.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Ve­hi­cle ex­am­iner Kevin Theyer and Senior Con­sta­ble Kriss Lo­gan.

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