Window Tints and Window Tinting

Many people have their car windows tinted for aesthetic reasons, however tinted windows can have other advantages:

  • Window tints can help to prevent theft, especially on commercial vehicles. The window tints make it difficult to see what is inside the vehicle which in turn reduces the temptation for opportunist thieves.
  • In the event of an accident the plastic film used to tint the windows can keep the glass in one piece, preventing it from shattering and injuring any occupants.

Are Tinted Windows Legal?

The law can be confusing when it comes to window tinting so let's look at the bit that is perfectly clear. All windows from the middle of the car (from the B-pillar) backwards CAN be tinted to any desired level. The front windows (windscreen and side windows) can be tinted to a lesser extent, the law currently states:

  • Front windscreen - 25% tint (must allow 75% of light through)
  • Front side windows - 30% tint (must allow 70% of light through)
  • All other windows - No restrictions

What Happens If You Are Caught With Illegal Window Tints?

In many cases you either have to remove the tints then and there at the roadside or you will be issued with a delayed prohibition which states the tints must be removed within 10 days. The police also have the authority to issue a penalty notice or a court summons and in some cases you may not be allowed to move the vehicle until the tints have been removed.