Tinted Vehicle Glass Enforcement Procedure
There has been an increasing trend for owners of motor vehicles to have the side windows and windscreen tinted, most commonly by the application of tinted film. The implications of this modification are two-fold:
- road safety – drivers may be less able to see other road users, particularly vulnerable road users such as pedal cycles, motorcyclists, and pedestrians
- detection of offences – police officers are unable to see inside of the vehicle, thus hindering their ability to identify drivers or passengers who may be committing offences, such as failing to wear seat belts and indeed more serious offences such as driving whilst disqualified
The degree of tint applied to the windows of a vehicle is not a component scrutinised during its annual Ministry of Transport (MOT) test. Therefore, in the absence of any other form of authoritative intervention, motorists are often unaware that driving a vehicle with certain windows tinted above a prescribed level, means they are committing an offence for which they could be prosecuted.
Where it appears that the degree of tinting is sufficient to warrant attention, then the appropriate checks should be carried out. Only suitably trained and certified officers using an approved calibrated device should conduct these checks. The device currently on issue is known as ‘Tintman’ Photoptic Window Tint Meter (referred to as Tintman).
Glass tested, which is found to fall outside those limits contained within the appropriate legislation may result in prosecution.Last modified: February 25, 2021 [application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document]