The LawCurrent Legislation for Window
TintsSince the beginning of 2004,
there are now limits as to what you may do with respect to applying window tints
to your car.
For further information visit the VOSA website.
If you are
unclear as to what you may be permitted to do, please ask a member of
Solar Glass Technologies Staff for
more details and comprehensive advice.Window Tinting - Amendments to
early part of 2004, Section 32 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use)
Regulations will be amended to include "Window Tint Films", where such materials
attached to the glass are capable of reducing the Visible Light Transmission of
forward windows to below prescribed levels. These changes will be back-dated to
become applicable from 1st January 2004.
This will effectively ban
virtually all tinted films fitted to windows forward of the B-Post on any
vehicle that is to be driven on UK roads.
The reason for these changes is
the recent proliferation of vehicles that are excessively tinted. Some vehicles
may be so heavily tinted that they present a real danger when used on public
roads. The action being taken by the Government follows a fatality that occurred
recently where a heavily tinted car was involved in a collision with a
motorcycle and the window tints were held to blame due to the vision of the
driver being impaired.
There is however, a recognised difference between
"light window tints" which may be considered safe for road use (such as those
supplied to you by Solar Glass-Tech) and "excessively dark window tints" which
There has also been a great deal of debate in recent years about
the legitimacy of window tints that do not obscure the vision of the driver. A
clear case has been argued that road-safe window tints do not actually conflict
with existing regulations. The Department for Transport have argued however that
Section 32 was always intended to cover materials attached to the glass, despite
the fact that no mention of this is made in the Regulation itself.
only solution remaining would be to amend the Legislation.
and in order to clarify the situation, the Government have finally decided to
up-date the Regulations to specifically include Tinted Films since, in the view
of the Police and the Department for Transport, this is the only way in which
the problems of excessive tints can be remedied.
even tint films that may be considered to be safe for road use will now be
viewed as in conflict with the Regulations, enabling the Police and Vehicle
Inspectorate to take action against vehicle owners.
This has significant
implications for the owners of vehicles that have window tints already fitted
and also those that are responsible for installing or selling window
tints. Implications for
the vehicle owner
After much discussion, a
sympathetic Enforcement Policy has been agreed between the Department for
Transport and The Glass and Glazing Federation to ensure that all vehicle owners
that have had tints applied in the past may be dealt with fairly. This applies
in particular where the infringement is with respect to tints that do not pose a
significant threat to Road Safety, despite being in contravention with the
In any event, after the date of the amendment to
Section 32, the owner of a vehicle that has window tints applied forward of the
B-Post could be challenged by either a Police Officer or by an Inspector from
the Department for Transport's Vehicle Inspectorate, where their vehicle is
noticed being driven on Public Roads.
Where such a vehicle is stopped and
the window tints applied are such that the Visible Light Transmission level,
when measured using an approved device falls to below prescribed levels, the
following enforcement guidelines have been agreed with, and recommended, by the
Above 30% Visible Light Transmission (Less
Severe Window Tints)
The owner or driver of such a vehicle would be
required to have the tinted film removed from the windows under the direction of
either a Rectification Notice or a Delayed Prohibition Notice. A period of grace
will apply for a limited number of days (normally ten) during which time the
vehicle may be driven whilst the rectification work is to be
In either case, the vehicle will need to be
inspected by either a Police Officer or Vehicle Inspectorate Officer to confirm
that the glass has been restored to a compliant condition. Prosecution is
unlikely in such circumstances provided the vehicle owner complies
Action that needs to be
All Businesses that have supplied window tints
forward of the B-Post are being encouraged by the Government and the Glass and
Glazing Federation to contact all of their previous customers to inform them of
the changes to Legislation and to offer them a chance to have their vehicle
rectified by having the front tints removed.
As one of our existing customers, this is a
service that we are happy to offer to you free of charge. It is also something
that we can do for you while you wait to minimise any
Should you wish, we can instead apply
Clear SecurGlass once the tints have
been removed, for a small charge, and full details are available on request.
Please note that in order to apply SecurGlass to the two forward windows we will need
to retain your vehicle for a longer period, depending on the
New compliant SecurGlass and Tints
Glass-Tech's new SecurGlass
and Tints Package will be compliant with the new Regulations.
This will include Clear (untinted)
SecurGlass forward of the B-Post and
either Tints or Tinted SecurGlass to
the rear of the vehicle which will be acceptable under the amended
Glass-Tech as a group have always sought to ensure that the
tints we supply are both safe for road use and acceptable within the law.
Throughout our history we have regularly consulted the Police, Road Safety
Groups and other Authorities for guidance on this matter.
Our policy has been not to supply tints on the driver and forward
passenger windows that may obscure the vision of the driver in any driving
conditions. This follows similar practices that have existed for decades in
other parts of the world (such as in the USA and Australia) where window tinting
above prescribed levels of Visible Light Transmission is widely employed and
accepted as being safe for road use by the Authorities
To illustrate the confusion that exists about
the current law in the UK,
SolarGlass-Tech have been requested
in the past to supply tints for many Police Officers including Chief
We will continue in our efforts to campaign for
a change in legislation that may eventually allow window tints which are known
to be road safe on these windows, as is permitted in other parts of the world.
Window tinting provides many benefits as you will have experienced and we feel
that the motorist should have an opportunity for greater safety, security and
comfort in their vehicles provided that this does not compromise road