Window Tinting & The Law

Many car drivers have been put off from having their windows tinted due to fears over laws that may restrict or prevent the tinting of windows. We find that many people misunderstand the law. Tinting your windows is perfectly legal as long as it done correctly by professionals. The technicians at Tint My Ride Window Tinting have many years' experience tinting a wide range of different vehicles. We also know the law and guarantee that any work we carry out on your vehicle will be legal under current UK laws.

So What is The Law on Window Tints?

Here's an overview of the current legislation surrounding car windows and tinting:

  • You can tint your rear windscreen or passenger windows – there are no restrictions.
  • The rules for tinting your front windscreen or front driver/passenger windows depend on the age of your vehicle.
  • If your vehicle was first used after 1st April 1985 or later, the front driver/passenger windows need to let at least 75% of light through.
  • If your vehicle was first used before 1st April 1985, both the front windscreen and the front driver/passenger windows must let at least 70% of light through.

The Police and Tinted Car Windows

It is illegal to sell or fit windows that do not meet the criteria of UK law, so any dodgy tinters won't be in business for very long! Any vehicles that are stopped by the police for having tinted windows are tested with a device that measures light – exactly the same equipment that Tint My Ride Window Tinting use before we hand any vehicle back to our customers. This ensures that our reputation for providing a safe and legal product remains intact and your vehicle will pass any scrutiny from the police should they want to check any of our tinting work.

You will find that most police officers will only issue the driver with an advisement on the legal requirements of tinted windows for any front windows that let between 46%-65% of light in, and will only instruct the removal of any film if it's let’s 45% or less light through (which means the windows will be very dark – this tends to be the type of tinting work that attracts the unwanted attention of the police). These are the official enforcement standards for any instrumented checks.

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