Window Tinting | Rules & Regulations

If you have decided that you want to tint your car windows then that is not an issue in itself. However, before you go ahead there are some rules and regulations you need to be aware of regarding window tints. If you choose not to follow them, you can actually face penalties. 

What are the rules around window tinting? 

In the UK having a window tint that does not meet legal standards is punishable by law. Offenders could be served with a Prohibition Notice, which would mean you could not continue to use your car until the window tints are removed. You could also face a court summons or penalty notice. 

Overall it is not worth taking any risks when it comes to this car customisation. Further to the above, keep in mind that it is not only the car owner who could get into trouble for breaking rules. It is also illegal to fit or sell on a car that has incorrectly tinted windows. 

If the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) believe a car may have illegally tinted windows they will measure the level of light passing through the glass using special equipment. If it fails to reach its established standards, they will act.

Man tinting his car window with tinting machine

So, what are the measurements of light which must pass through a tinted window? When it comes to car window tinting you need to make sure a windshield has over 75% light transmission. Side windows situated next to the drive require at least 70% and backside windows have no rules placed on them. It is the same situation with the rear window, there is no tinting requirement to meet. 

There is a side note to the above. These regulations only relate to vehicles first used after 1985, if the car is older than this date you may use up to 70% light transmission on the front windshield and front side windows. 

If you are looking at blackout tinting that keeps 100% of light out, it can only be used on the backside and rear windows as outlined above. So, if you fancy the idea of having some car window tinting to bring a new style to your car, by all means, go for it. However, make sure you stick to the rules and regulations. It would be best to go to a professional as if you buy the window film to apply to your vehicle’s windows it can be quite a tricky task. 

It will save you the fuss of applying the material yourself, plus if you are using an established, high-quality professional service you know that they will make sure all of your car windows are compliant to the UK window tinting laws.

We hope that our blog has been informative and helpful if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call us on 01234 739 302 or alternatively head over to our contact page to fill in our online enquiry form.

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