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a bloke rang the local radio phone in.he said he was stopped and given an on the spot fine of £30.00 because his tinted rear windows were to dark,the traffic police around manchester are now equipped with light meters and are enforcing this rule,this is not a wind up,it is a word of warning.to anyone who has tinted windows.
 

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Oh s**t both my side and back and rear windows are tinted
 

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I think the regulation is it must let 70% of the available light through ..

Tony Blairs people carrier has very tinted windows his Chrysler the family car ?

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Government vehicle inspectors in Northern Ireland have had this power for the past 40 years or more. It has caused no problems but recently they gave been targeting the modification brigade of motorists as there have been accidents due to amateur bodged modifications after there was a serious accident where a young lad had put lowered springs into the rear of his motor and when he hit a pothole it fell out onto the road. In some cases they actually have the car lifted off the road on a transporter and taken to a government examination centre - they also have the power to put the vehicle of the road. I'm all for being able to mod your car in a responsible way but I know off many young people who just buy stuff of the Internet and bolt it on following the instructions provided. In all honesty I think the companies who supply these items should have a large warning on the opening page of their websites. Many have little or no mechanical knowledge and the effects such mods may have on the safety of themselves and others.
 

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Well thats me totally in the poo then!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i always knew there was a limit on front windows but took the risk i thought having different shades front and back looked bloody silly.

As far as i am aware, you can rear windows as dark as you like (well thats what local traffic officer told me):) :)
 

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i av my windows tinted i av legal on the front which is 30 and i av 20 on the rear but cause the rear is darker it makes the front look dark.
 

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Tinted windows

The plastics used in tinting act as a one-way light transference medium and on the rear and rear passenger windows can be as dark as you like when viewed from the outside but must have a least 70% light transference when viewed from the inside. In other words you should be able to see clearly out at night. As with any other product there are varying degres of quality and not all will comply with the 70% light transference - so beware before you buy. If you have a light meter you take a reading on the surface outside the galss and then a reading inside and work out the differing percentage. It must also be remembered that the product must be applied in strict accordance with the manufacturers instructions and ideally checked afterwards.
As far as the front screen and front passenger and drivers side windows they must have a close as posssible to 100% light transference in order to allow those in front of the vehicle to be identified by someone from the outside or photographed by traffic or security camera.:)
 

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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.
 

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Very valid point Horatio, Especially regarding vans,etc. I know of a situation where a Ford Escort car was presented for MOT without the driver's mirror (it fell off the screen) and it was rejected on the grounds that the vehicle did not meet the vehicle standard as when approved by the Dept of Transport, or relevant EU guidleines, etc. It appears you cannot reduce the safety aspects of an approved vehicle. I appreciate the standards in Northern Ireland are more onerous than in the UK mainland but as a matter of interest has anyone had a car fail its MOT because the rear view was obscured or the mirror was missing.:confused:
 

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The only reason, that I tinted the window on the Scenic was that I was going to be driving in the South of France and Spain for a lengthy period of time. Not done for any other reason than to cut down the glare of the sun in those parts of the world.
 

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The guidelines for windows in front of the B pillar seem to be quite clear and should comply with the 70% rule but it doesn't seem that clear relating to windows behind it. At the moment it appears to be very much up to the Vehicle inspectors or police. Has anyone contacted either for an opinion.:)
 

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The guidelines for windows in front of the B pillar seem to be quite clear and should comply with the 70% rule but it doesn't seem that clear relating to windows behind it. At the moment it appears to be very much up to the Vehicle inspectors or police. Has anyone contacted either for an opinion.:)
I have just emailed my local constabulary (Sussex Police) to ask them to clarify. Whether or not I get a reply is anyones guess;)

Edit; I have also now emailed VOSA for their thoughts/guidelines. It'll be interesting to see if they match!
 

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LOL!!!!!!!!!!

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)!!!!!!!!!
 
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