The Road Transport Department Malaysia (JPJ) has posted a reminder of tyres linking to “hellaflush” vehicles can be fined up to RM2,000 or be sentenced to a six-month jail term.
Hellaflush? What the flush? Yours truly is also unsure of the term but looking at the graphics accompany the posting, it looks like it refers to the modification that creates an extremely low vehicle stance – or slammed as they call it – where the wheels and tyres are nearly parallel to the road.
Yes, we’re pretty sure you’ve encountered such cars on the road – sometimes even a whole group of these “hellaflush” vehicles crawling on the highways.
‘Hellaflush’, according to CarThrottle, is the modification of deliberately pushing the top section of the wheels inwards to create an even more aggressive stance.
The JPJ reminds owners that this modification is against the law and usage/construction of the motor vehicle. Tyres that are suspended in such an extreme geometry reduces the dynamic stability of the vehicle and reduces the braking performance, increasing the risk of an accident.
If caught driving on the road, the owners of “hellaflush” vehicles can be prosecuted under Section 6(1) of the Road Transport Act (APJ) 1987 and can be fined up to RM2,000 or a six-month jail term.
While we are at the subject of tyres, here is a friendly reminder of the steps required to safely perform a tyre change.