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Window Tinting — to Legislation

During the early of 2004,Section 32 of the Road Vehicles and Use) Regulations have amended to include Window Films where such attached to the glass are capable of the Visible Light Transmission of windows to below prescribed (70% VLT for windows forward of the Post). These changes effect from 1st January

This will effectively ban the in future of applying virtually all films to windows forward of the B on any vehicle that is to be driven on UK

The reason for these changes is the proliferation of vehicles that are tinted. Some vehicles may be so tinted that they a real danger when on public roads. The action taken by the government follows a that occurred recently a heavily tinted car was involved in a with a motorcycle and the window were held to blame due to the of the driver being impaired.

There is however, a recognised between light window which may be considered safe for use and excessively dark window which are not.

There has been a great deal of in recent years about the of window tints that do not the vision of the driver. A clear has been argued that safety window tints do not conflict with the existing The Department for Transport have however, that section 32 was intended to cover materials to the glass, despite the fact no mention is made in the Regulation The only solution remaining be to amend the legislation.

Consequently and in to clarify the situation, the Government finally decided to up-date the to specially include Tinted since, in the view of the Police and the for Transport, this is the only way in the problems of excessive tints can be

Unfortunately however, even films that may be considered to be for road use till now be viewed as in with Regulations, enabling the and Vehicle Inspectorate to take against vehicle owners.

has significant implications for the owners of that have window and also those that are for installing or selling window

Implications for the Installer and Motor

From 1st January 2004. any Retailer that sells a that has window tint applied which reduce the light transmission level to the prescribed levels forward of the Post is committing an offence and the risk of prosecution under 75 of the 1988 Road Traffic Act reference to Section 41 (which to Construction and Use Regulations)

In a similar way, anyone for the fitment of window tints reduce visible light levels to below prescribed on windows forward of the ‘B’ is committing an offence and can be prosecuted Section 76 of the Road Traffic

Implications for the vehicle owner

much discussion, a sympathetic has been agreed between the for Transport and the Glass and Glazing to ensure that all vehicle that have had tints in the past may be dealt with This applies in particular the infringement is with respect to that do not pose a significant to Road Safety, despite in convention with the amendment

As of January 1st 2004, the owner of a that has tints applied of the ‘B’ Post is liable to be by either the Police of by an Inspector the Department for Transport’s Vehicle where their vehicle is being driven on public

Where such a vehicle is and the window tints applied are that the visible list level, when measured an appropriate device, falls to prescribed levels, the following guidelines have been with and recommended by the Government.

30% Visible Light Transmission

severe Window Tints)

The or owner of such a vehicle be required to have the tinted removed from the window the direction of a rectification notice or a notice. A period of grace apply for a limited number of (normally ten) during time the vehicle may be driven the rectification work is to be completed. In case, the vehicle will to be inspected by a Police Officer or Inspectorate Office to confirm the glass has been restored to a condition. Prosecution is unlikely in circumstances provided the vehicle complies fully.

Below 30% Visible Light

(Excessively dark Window


The driver or owner of such a may be issued with an immediate Notice and immediately prevented driving the vehicle on public until the tints have removed and either a Police or Vehicle Inspectorate Office that the glass has been to a compliant condition. It is also depending on the severity of the offence, the owner may be prosecuted for driving a in a non-roadworthy or even dangerous with the potential for penalty and a fine.

Driving such a on public roads before the have been removed and a Prohibition notice has been will be a serious offence and the or driver is likely to be prosecuted.

Security Film

Clear security film only marginally reduces the light transmission levels on forward of the ‘B’ Post may be to be compliant with the amended subject to the quality of the fitment to a standard that does not in the vision of the driver being in any way.

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