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Window Tinting and UK Law

Discussion in 'General Automotive Chat' started by matt13988, Jan 6, 2011.

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    [Jan 6, 2011]
    I have been looking at getting my windows tinted and couldn't decide on what % to get on the front windows, so I have been doing some research on here and other websites to find out the current laws on window tinting. Obviously I don't want to be too much outside the law and have to have them removed the day paying to have them put on, that would just be a waste.

    From searching on here I seem'd to find that everyone was under the impression that having your front windows tinted at all is illegal in the UK. When I went to find out some information for myself rather then rely on peoples hear says on threads on here, I first came across this link from the DFT Vosa Oct 2008. However I thought that it might be out of date being published in 2008 and reading the more current up-to-date threads on here.

    I decided that I wanted to dig a little deeper and see what I could found, so I went onto the direct gov website and found the authoritative source:Tinted Vehicle Windows - The Rules.

    I am confused why other people here think that it is illegal to have any front window tints, any clarification?
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    hiya mate,
    my friend does tinting for a living, and his motto nowadays is simply not to put anything at all on the front windows! 25% leeway you have is pretty much negated by the standards tints most vags/audis have so... id suggest just not to bother! :)
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    Most modern cars have a factory window tint, usually green or blue, and that in effect gives makes the glass not 100% clear, despite that you can clearly see through it. If you want to stay legal, then don't tint your front passenger and driver side windows.
    And just to clarify for you, I had the lightest tint possible that wasn't clear on the front windows on my Passat Estate, and have been driving around with them on for approx. 10 years. But just before Xmas, I was pulled over for them, then used a light meter on my tints which only let 46% light through, when it needed to be 70%+! I had to take them off on the road side or have my car declared not fit for road use!!
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    matt13988, have you looked up the gradient of tints you can buy and looked in to how much light they allow through?

    Maybe might be a good way to check for yourself and make your own judgment. I know what you mean, I would my windows tinted (apart from ront screen) as my car is black I think they would look good with my other plans, but I am very dubious as I wouldn't want to spend all that money and then have to rip off the front tints :banghead:

    Or maybe even looking to see if you can buy the front windows with ni tint what-so-ever so you could for a light smoke style tint and not worry about it :racer:
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    [Jan 6, 2011]
    To put it simply.

    Tint your fronts and they are illegal so the risk is upto you.

    Don't tint them. And they are legal.

    No need for us to go too deep into things as we all know well we should know by now that tinting the fronts at all is risking it.
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    [Jan 6, 2011]
    Oh and if your going to tint your window less than 50% then I wouldn't bother wasting the cash. Might as well drive with the windows down. With shades on of course.
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