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    Tinting Laws?

    What are the window tinting laws in the UK?

    Back in the states we couldn't really tint much at all...is it illegal to have very dark window tinting?

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    I think the law is 70%

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    there is no law for the back windows, but the front windows has changed, i've got dark smoke ALL round which is 22% + 70% of the glass.

    but the local tint place will only put light smoke 32% on the front windows now. there is a light meter that the police have to enforce window tints but they have better things to do!! lol. like speeding , lol
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    Wouldn't you get in deep trouble for having such dark tints ?

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    nope just told to take them off if they can prove they are illegal.
    all depends of the coper and if the ministry are with him or not.
    all they can do is makwe u take then off.
    if u had limo black on the front they might inpond your car i've been told but you would just pull it off if it came to that.
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    If you have read some of the other posts on the forum about this, you'll get a lot more information. But basically, anything less than 70% VLT (visible light transfer) on a front screen or front side screen is illegal.

    Most cars leave the factory with tinted glass, which is usually about the 75% to 85% VLT tint, so basically by adding ANY tint whatsoever to your front side screens is breaking the law. In the UK the Police up until recently were pretty lenient over tints.

    As long as you didn't fit 8% (Limo) tint to the front windows they were pretty much happy, however things have changed. Basically, the Ministry of Transport have decided on a clampdown, so they are actually checking VLT at roadside. The Police can also do this if they have the equipment. If they can check and prove the tint is illegal you get served with a notice, which requires you to correct the windows.

    Because this is a MoT thing, they also have the powers to impound a vehicle if they find the defect has not been corrected. As Griff said, most tinters no longer fit the 22% VLT tints to the front side glass now, as they know it will be spotted easily by the Police. 35% VLT seems to be OK, but speaking from experience, a person who lives close by us was told to remove their 35% tints after a roadside check (the plod were waiting for them one morning at the end of the road apparently)

    The lighter 45% or 50% tints are pretty much hassle free, that's what I have in my car and it is difficult to determine from the outside if the car is tinted or if it just has a dark interior, so you don't get any aggro

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