Overview - The New Tint Laws

A Guide To Understanding The New Windscreen And Window
Tint Regulations, 2020

The Ministry of Works and Transport, as part of a broader vision towards modernising the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic laws, has reformed the motor vehicle tint laws to effectively regulate the use of tint on vehicles to promote greater road safety.
This latest road safety initiative seeks to:
  • Specify the legal percentages of Visible Light Transmittance (VLT) of any material applied or affixed to the windscreens or windows of a motor vehicle.
  • Equip law enforcement officers with Light Transmittance Meters that measure the amount of light that passes through the glass of a windscreen or window including materials affixed to the glass.
  • Provide exemptions for persons with particular medical conditions.
  • Provide general exemptions regarding the use of a vehicle and the safety of its occupants.

Why The Need For The New Tint Laws?

Previously, under the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act, Chap. 48:50 (MVRTA) there were no specified levels/percentages of tint allowed on the windscreens and windows of motor vehicles. This ambiguity created challenges for law enforcement given the increase in criminal activities usually featuring heavily tinted vehicles.
Additionally, the use of extremely dark tint compromises a driver’s scope of vision, which increases the risk of road accidents.
The implementation of the MVRTA Windscreen and Window Tint Regulations, 2020 seeks to:
  • Encourage general compliance with traffic laws and promote road safety for motorists and pedestrians;
  • Introduce a standardised method of assessing tint levels via the use of tint meters, which removes the subjectivity that previously existed with the enforcement of tint laws.
  • Assist in the fight against crime and criminality; and
  • Create safer roads.