By Tom Smith, Managing Director
As much as we love to supply you with our window films, we want to make sure that you stay within the law when it comes to installing them. These laws, which relate to the UK, only apply to the front and front side windows and if incorrectly specified could mean a fine for the vehicle owner and one very unhappy customer.
When you start to think about why tints are regulated, you automatically think it’s for the benefit of the law enforcement agencies, so they can see into your car and see the driver. Well, yes it is, but only in part, there’s a safety issue for the driver too because whilst it might be possible to drive a heavily tinted vehicle around without a problem during daylight hours, at night the wrong kind of tint can cause a driver’s visibility to become greatly reduced. It’s rather like driving around at night with your sunglasses on and can severely affect and impair the vision of the driver.
Another interesting reason that tints are regulated in the UK is because a tint that is too dark can prevent other motorists and pedestrians from seeing the driver. The law enforcers believe that being able to make eye contact with or gesture towards another driver is essential in understanding one another on the road.
The law is quite straightforward, and as I say, only relates to the front windscreen and front side windows.
- For vehicles first used on 1 April 1985 or later: Front windscreens have to be able to allow at least 75% of light through, while the front side windows must allow at least 70% of light through.
- Vehicles first used before 1 April 1985: Front windscreen and front side windows must be able to allow 70% of light through.
Penalties for having wrongly tinted windows
In the UK, drivers found guilty of this offence will either be issued with a prohibition notice which means they will have to take their car off the road until the tint is removed, or they will be served an Endorseable Fixed Penalty Notice with a fine of £60 and 3 points on their licence.
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