Why Are Berlin Police Going Crazy And Confiscating Vehicles?

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Supercars, sedans, trucks: nothing is safe.

Ostensibly, Germany seems like a country made for drivers. It's the home of both the Autobahn and the Nurburgring, two symbols of speed. However, Berlin police don't exactly agree with that image as evidenced recently by their crackdown on "illegally modified" cars. The 5.0 are targeting cars that are too loud or that have incorrect tire and wheel combos. Supercars like the Lamborghini Aventador and Gallardo Spyder have been confiscated, as has a Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG.

However, supercars aren't the only targets as a motorcycle and a Dodge Ram have also been confiscated, which proves that no vehicle is safe. So, what's the issue? The Berlin police believe that these cars have been modified without the approval of the TUV. The automotive arm of the TUV is responsible for emissions tests and road worthiness. Drivers have little recourse, at least initially, as the Berlin police are towing cars on assumption alone. Basically if a car looks and sounds loud, then it's a target.

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