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No tint limit for rear private vehicle windows

Ahirul Ahirudin
Written by Ahirul Ahirudin

PUTRAJAYA – May 7, 2018: Transport Minister Anthony Loke today announced that vehicle owners may have darker tint for their rear passenger windows starting tomorrow.

“There will be no limitations for the rear passenger window, meaning, the people can tint it as dark as they want as long as their vehicle comes with side mirrors,” said Loke in a press conference here.

Currently, the regulations stipulate that the minimum visible light transmission (VLT) percentages are 70 per cent for the front windscreen, 50 per cent for the front side windows and 30 per cent for the rear side windows and the rear windscreen.

The new regulation, are largely the same except for the rear side windows and rear windscreen, where there will be no more limitations.

According to Loke, the new regulation only applies to private vehicles while commercial vehicles such as taxis will have to make do with the existing regulation for commercial vehicles which outlines a fixed 70 per cent VLT for all windows.

When queried about Grab and other e-hailing services, he said those who use their private vehicles may enjoy the leniency of the new regulation.

However, should anyone be interested in applying an even darker tint for other windows of their vehicle than that allowed by the new regulation, Loke said they need to apply for a permit.

“Those who are looking to have their car tinted darker than what the regulations allow for safety reasons will have to go through us first.

“Apply, and a services fee of RM50 will be imposed. After that, if the application is approved, the applicant will have to pay RM5,000 to get the permit that is valid for two years,” said Loke.

“However, those that are applying for health reasons and have received a written recommendation from a health expert will not have any fee imposed on them,” he added.

Loke said the Road Transport Department (RTD) will have a new equipment that can detect VLT rate and issue summons automatically.

“This basically eliminates any bribery attempts as there will be no way to talk this out with a machine,” he added.

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