The question regarding “tinted screens” has always been in contention since a long time ago. A young J.P.J. (Road Transport Department) official, who visited my K.P.P. (Kurrikulum Pendidikan Pemandu) class recently, when asked about “tinted glasses” or “screens”, advised that the “front” windscreen should allow a 70% emission of light.
While the “side” windows, on the other hand, should allow a 50% emission.
According to J.P.J. sources, “original”, factory fitted tinted glasses are allowed. While those fitted personally at accessory shops, unfortunately are deemed as “illegal”.
Are all tinted glasses “disallowed”? The answer to this question is No!
Certain dignitaries, such as Sultans, the Prime Minister, Cabinet ministers and other V.I.P (Very Important People) and high ranking government officials, for security reasons, have to have their cars heavily tinted.
There is a group, who suffer a “skin” condition, whereby they cannot come into contact with sunlight. This exceptional group, therefore needs to travel in specially heavily tinted vehicles.
On the whole, tinted glasses and plastic materials are not permitted to be fitted onto vehicles.
However, certain vehicles under the Motor Vehicles Prohibition of Certain Type of Glasses Rules 1991, are permitted to fix heavily tinted glasses on to their vehicles.
According to Road Transport Authorities, “operation” or “enforcements” against heavily or excessively tinted vehicles is an on-going process. It is therefore incorrect to assume that no action is being taken against tinted glasses.
Enforcement teams have the “visible light transmission” device (The Auto Light Plus) to help them determine whether a vehicle has broken the law or otherwise.
What happens if a vehicle is found to have broken the law or violated the rules and regulations? For actions to be taken against those who have broken the law regarding tinted glasses, I will quote an official from the Road Transport Department.
Do continue to read this continuation to find out what’s in store for those found guilty of infringing the laws on tinted glasses.
Part 2 of this article – Consequences of Driving a Car with Tinted Windows in Malaysia