Vehicle & Operator Services Agency
Tel: (01603) 408172
Fax: (01603) 482573
NEWS RELEASE - 8th May 2004
The Vehicle and Operator
Services Agency (VOSA) are now stopping vehicles with
Motorists who do not rectify the problem will be prosecuted.
The crackdown follows concerns
that have been raised over the number of vehicles
Legal tint limits-
The minimum percentage of light that must filter through windows:
Motor Vehicles first used: before April 1985 on or after April 1985
Windscreen 70% 75%
Front side windows 70% 70%
What is excessively tinted glass?
Road Vehicles (Construction & Use) Regulations 1986 as
amended specify the minimum
Motor Vehicles first used before 1 April 1985:
The windscreen and front side windows must allow at least
70% of light to be transmitted
Motor Vehicles first used on or after 1 April 1985:
The light transmitted through the windscreen must be at
least 75%. The front side windows
If the glass is tinted to a point whereby it lets through
less light, then the vehicle does not
Which windows in the vehicle does this apply to?
The windscreen and the front side windows to either side of the drivers head.
How does excessively tinted glass affect road safety?
It restricts the driverís vision, especially in dark
conditions. This may prevent drivers from seeing
What is the purpose of the law?
The purpose of the law is to ensure the driversí ability to
see the road is not excessively restricted
Legally, where do I stand?
If you are the driver -
You must not drive a vehicle on the road with the
windscreen or front side windows excessively tinted.
If you are a tinting company -
You must not modify, or offer to supply, a part that when
fitted to a vehicle means that it does not comply
If youíre selling a vehicle with extra tinting applied to the windscreen or front side windows -
The vehicle may now have glass that is darker than
permitted by Construction & Use Regulations, in which
Why are tinted windows not included in the MOT test?
Excessively tinted glass is seen as a serious issue but one
which currently affects only a small number of the
Is this a nationwide campaign?
Yes. VOSA staff throughout the country have been issued
with testing equipment If the equipment is not
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