Tint modification has become popular in many places including the United Kingdom. There is an increasing number of car owners going for car tints. This according to many, is done to improve the physical appearance of their car, to maintain the coolness inside, lessen the brightness as a result of the sun rays directly hitting the car, and to maintain the privacy of people in the car.
If you look at the benefits it does to you and your car, you can be tempted to put in dark tints and shades to attain the comfort and looks you want.
The increasing demand for modification of car tints prompted authorities to enact laws to regulate the use it.
Why is there a need to regulate car tinting?
The Road Vehicles Regulations Act of 1986 as amended on car tinting was enacted primarily to establish safeguards for car owners and motorists, pedestrians and other motorists. Regulating car tints prevents accidents and car theft, criminal incidents. Too much shaded windows make it difficult for the drivers to see their route which may lead to accidents. Dark tints are not friendly to police officers who are conducting regular car check-ups.
Is it legal to have your car tinted?
Definitely yes, it is legal; however, there are certain requirements that you need to follow in tinting your cars in terms how dark and thick the tint would be. You must ensure that the tint you use conforms with the allowable percentage of transmitted light into the car. You also need to comply with areas allowed by law to be tinted. The law mandates that your car tints must conform to the following:
Cars first used on or after 1 April 198
Front windscreens must allow at least 75% light transmitted through it
Windows at the front must allow at least 70% of light to be transmitted through them.
Who is responsible in the enforcement of the tinting limitations?
When the government talks of responsibility people always point back at them, which is wrong. The enforcement of the tinting law is your responsibility as the car owner because, you were the one who put an illegal tint on the car even with the regulatory law. Thus, you should suffer the consequences.
What happens if the car owner violated the tinting law?
If you violate the limitations set forth in the law, the following sanctions could be implemented:
Your car gets impounded or an order prohibiting the use of your car until you have complied with the tinting law.
Violation may make your insurance invalid and when that happens you will foot all the bills and expenses in case of an accident.
You are ordered to remove the tint or film, spending money, which could have been used for other purposes.
Tinting your car heavily may improve its looks and give you a feeling that your car is unique. You could also have all the privacy you want, but if you get caught, it could be a disaster much more expensive than having a good looking car. Making sure that the tint removal of your car is covered can help a lot in reducing your expenses.