Window Tinting and the Law
Today 10 years after the law was enforced we have more illegal cars with front window tints locally than ever before…
Here is our governments DVLA’s website with information on the law… unfortunately they don’t explain it very well. What they forget to mention is your car as standard is already shaded to these requirements.
Here we hope to explain the problems we are up against… and the reasons why its way to risky to drive around with illegal tinted FRONT windows.
- Any shade even the lightest on the market will be technically be illegal.
- Your standard factory window will already be shaded between 18-32% depending on the make and model of car.
- Crystal clear glass will shade about 18% (think of your wine glass in the sun on the table it has a shadow)
- The European law states maximum shaded front windows 70%.
- Adding even a 55% film to a 28% shaded standard window takes it to 47.1% shaded. (see our video)
- Police dont have enough light metres to go around to prove facts in the event of a Court case.
- MOT stations dont test or check illegal windows.
- VOSA will stop you and can impound the car if needed.
- Insurance companies will check your car in the event of an accident.
- Insurance companies will love to void your insurance claim if your car is illegal.
- Bodyshops work on a very tight budget and don’t check for illegal window tints in the event of a claim.
Running the Risk
If a company makes your car illegal then you technically have no insurance. If you have no insurance then the insurance company does not have to support your claim, even if its the other drivers fault. If you unfortunately kill someone on a pushbike or any other mode of transport. The the finger can be pointed at the driver plus the company who window tinted the car (often for cash no receipt given so you will have trouble proving it). In a worse case scenario the company would be taken to court for commercial manslaughter with a 4 year slice of life behind bars possible. Hmmm is it really worth it just for looks? We think not… and stand by this after many years helping customers. Everyday we explain to customers clearly to help them understand the complex mess we are in with this law, that the Police don’t have the time to support and the MOT stations do not support it at all.