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UK: DIY tinted glass in cars may be illegal

Police in the north of England have warned drivers about the risks of excessively dark tinted vehicle windows.
While many vehicles have their windows partially tinted by the manufacturer, Northumbri…

Police in the north of England have warned drivers about the risks of excessively dark tinted vehicle windows. While many vehicles have their windows partially tinted by the manufacturer, Northumbria Police are concerned about the use of numerous DIY kits which are available, making the windows illegal. The police force now has a tintmeter, which can measure the amount of light coming through a car window to check if it meets legal requirements. Inspector Bill Went said: “Anything that restricts the vision while driving is dangerous. By law, the side windows must admit 70% of light and the front windscreen, 75%. “Although manufacturers may fit tinted glass, anything extra may well be illegal, although this doesn“t apply to windows behind the driver. “Tinted glass may seem a good idea for security reasons and for cutting the sun“s glare, but a clear view is essential at all times for every motorist and the safety of pedestrians.” Inspector Went said that having illegally dark glass could lead to a serious crash, as well as the driver being fined and having three points imposed on their licence.

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