When getting car windows tinted, there are a number of regulations to consider. These rules and provisions are mainly in place to help prevent road traffic accidents.
What are the main regulations when getting car windows tinted?
The window tinting regulation was amended in January 2004 to clear up any ambiguity. The regulation states that 70% of visible light must be able to shine through the driver’s side. For windscreens, it’s 75%.
So, this means you can apply a 30% tint to windows and 25% to the windscreen, right? Wrong. Glass doesn’t actually let in 100% of light, even if it’s totally clear. In fact, the figure is much closer to 86%. This means that applying any filter runs the risk of dropping the light transmissions below the legal limit.
What will happen if I drive with tinted windows?
If you choose to get your windows tinted, there is a chance you will be stopped when out driving. Traffic police are out on the roads to prevent car crashes and other traffic accidents. If they see a motorist driving a vehicle with tinted windows, they may well pull them over.
Armed with light meters, they will be able to test how much light is passing through your glass. If you have only given your windows a subtle tint, you may just be asked to remove it. Heavier tints may result in a fine, licence points and render the vehicle undrivable until it’s fixed.
Furthermore, tinted windows are classed as vehicle modification. Therefore, you need to inform your insurers and your premium may be affected.
What can I do if I’m involved in a traffic accident with a car with tinted windows?
If you are injured in a traffic accident with a car with tinted windows, you may be entitled to road accident compensation. If your case meets the following criteria, it’s worth investigating further:
- The accident occurred within the last three years
- The accident was demonstrably the fault of someone else
- A medical professional is able to confirm that the injuries suffered were caused by the accident
If you tick each of these, then call Accident Advice Helpline today. Our expert advisors can offer a no-obligation consultation before leaving the decision in your hands. All our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis and usually settle out of court. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.