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post #21 of 58 (permalink) Old 26th April 2007
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Originally Posted by Horatio View Post
I could have this wrong, but I'm sure that I recall reading that the police already had powers to stop you and hand out a fine just because they believed your windows to be too darkly tinted. Of course, I'm sure you could dispute the ticket if you were later able to prove that your tints were legal.

If it's now the responsiblity of the police to do the test and only issue a ticket if the tints fail, then surely that's generally a good thing for people with tinted windows. Well as long as they don't treat the tester like a new toy, and start targetting anyone who has anything other than standard tints.

I've been in two minds about tinting mine for a while. I'm sick of the summer sun blinding the little-un in the back, and even the factory fitted sunscreens on the Lag don't block out the whole window. What's more, I hate driving with the rear screens up, as I find that the OSR one creates a very nasty blind spot when changing lanes on the motorway. In fact, I came pretty close to side-swiping a Vectra the other day because the damned thing was up. I just didn't see him until the last minute, even though I'd checked over my shoulder as well as looking in my mirrors.

If they're getting touchy about tints, then maybe they should ban the blinds. The mesh nature of the blind means that, while they might be reasonably transparent when viewed at 90 degrees, they actually block most of the light when viewed at an angle (i.e. from the driver's seat.)

Though a part of me wonders what the big deal is about tinted back windows. If you're driving a car-derrived van, your rear windows transmit 0% of the light because they're made out of metal. Surely choosing to even totally black out the rear windows on a car makes it no less safe than a van.
I bought the Renault after-fit rear side blinds and these cover the window perfectly
It must be me, but I don't seem to have a problem with them causing a blind spot, as I can see through the gap between the blind and window when glancing over my shoulder.

As for tints.... From what I was told when I had my Civic with 35% tints all round... any tint other than the standard glass tint on the front windscreen and front side windows is now illegal but the rear windscreen and side windows can be as dark as you like.

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I have received a response from the police regarding tinting of windows as follows;

Your enquiry regarding the tinting of vehicle windows has been passed to me to answer.

The following is what the law requires.

Any vehicle first registered before 1st April 1985 must allow 70% of the light through the front windscreen, the driver's window and front passenger window. Therefore you can have 30% tint.
Any vehicle registered after that date must allow 75% of the light through the above mentioned windows. A tint of 25%, as a rough rule of thumb most manufacturers now fit slightly tinted glass in these windows. If a manufacturer has fitted tinted glass it is normally at the maximum level of tint.

PC AK697 David Kirkcaldy,
RPU Training, Haywards Heath Police Station."

You may notice that there is no mention of the rear windows so I have asked for the named officer to once again clarify.

Edit: Have just received this regarding the rear windows;

"Rear and rear side windows are not at present covered, you can have them as dark as you like. It would be similar to driving a small goods vehicle with no windows in these fitted in these places."

So that clears up what law the ol' bill are using.

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cheers for the info scatz
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so why was this driver given a fixed penalty in manchester.is every constabulary in the country using the fixed penalty law at the issuing officer's discretion.


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Originally Posted by 132grahamh View Post

you know actually have a friend who was told by the law when his car was broken into, to actually tint his windows as it helps with security (makes sense i suppose)!!!!!!!!!

Now see that just isnt true, its worse if u have tinted windows if someone hits them to break in they dont smash they just crack and stick to the tint there for no one hears the glass hittin the ground fair enough ud have to hit it a fair enough bang to smash it/crack it but its still worse than having a window with out tint..

just my opinion, looking to get mine tinted though

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