Bike wrapping, a popular trend among bike enthusiasts, involves covering the bike’s body with a vinyl wrap. This not only gives the bike a fresh, customized look but also provides a layer of protection to the original paint. However, the legality and implications of bike wrapping in India are often questioned.
Legality of Bike Wrapping
According to the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, any alteration or modification in the structure or color of a vehicle is illegal without the prior approval of the registering authority. This means that changing the color of your bike by painting or wrapping it requires permission from the Regional Transport Office (RTO) where your bike is registered.
This is primarily because the vehicle’s color should match the one mentioned in the Registration Certificate (RC) Book 1. Any discrepancy can lead to issues, especially if the vehicle is stolen or involved in illegal activities.
Circumventing the Issue
Despite the legal constraints, there is a workaround such as –
- Use transparent film or paint protection film (PPF) to wrap your bike. These films do not alter the color of your bike, but only provide a layer of protection over the original paint. They are also legal and widely available online or offline.
While bike wrapping is a popular trend in India, it’s important to understand the legal implications and potential drawbacks before deciding to wrap your bike. Always consider the quality of the material, the expertise of the installer, and the legality based on your bike’s original color.
Remember, while bike wrapping can give your bike a unique look and provide some level of protection, it requires maintenance and care. So, make an informed decision and ride responsibly!
Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Always consult with a legal expert or local authorities for advice on vehicle modifications.