by SHAZNI ONG / pic by BERNAMA
The Ministry of Transport (MoT) remains steadfast in its new ruling on tinted car windows, despite receiving brickbats from various quarters, including the Royal Malaysia Police.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke said the decision to allow Malaysians to darken their car rear side window and rear windshield effective May 8, 2019, was made following a workshop conducted in June 2014.
“The majority of the attended workshop participants which consisted of various agencies, including the police, had agreed to retain the visible light transmission (VLT) level for both the front windscreen and driver’s rear mirror at 70% and 50% respectively, which we remained as it is.
“What we amended was the (previous) existing VLT level for the passenger rear side window and rear windshield from 50% to 30% with a tolerance rate of 5%,” he told a press conference in Putrajaya yesterday.
Loke said the new ruling on tinted windows falls under the jurisdiction of the MoT, and any amendment to the ruling is stipulated under the Road Transport Act.
The ruling was also amended based on international regulations.
“We gather differences in opinions and we respect them. However, what has been decided has obviously been taken into considerations of all parties, before we made the amendments.
“What we have decided today (on the VLT) is in line with international standards. There are countries that do not set the VLT level for the rear and passenger (windows), such as Japan,” he said.
Touching on the implementation of a fee for the approval of the fully tinted car application, Loke said it is implemented to generate income for the government and also to curb corruption.
He claimed that during the previous administration, there was a syndicate at the ministry that received kickbacks up to RM8,000 to secure approval for tinted glass for security reasons.
Under the current mechanism, Loke said the approvals will be subjected to screening by a committee chaired by Road Transport Department (JPJ) DG Datuk Seri Shaharuddin Khalid.
The government expects to collect RM85 million in revenue from the approvals, Loke said.
“Anyone can apply, but that does not mean it will get approved. We will assess what kind of risk the person has,” he added.
Moving forward, Loke said Shaharuddin will meet the police department to discuss how the new ruling can be implemented and to ensure proper coordination between the two agencies.
On Tuesday, Loke announced that private vehicle owners are free to darken the tints beyond the existing VLT limits for rear side window and rear windshield effective May 8.
He stated that the move is in response to public demand to darken their vehicle windows to overcome heat.
Loke stated that the minimum VLT for the front windscreen as well as the driver and front passenger side windows will remain at 70% and 50% respectively, due to safety reasons. Previously, the VLT for the rear side windows and rear windshield stood at 30% each.
Loke added that the move is also in line with United Nations Regulation 43, which says safety glazing with VLT of below 70% is allowed when two exterior rear view mirrors are fitted.
Private car owners who seek darker tints to all windows will have to obtain and apply permission from JPJ and due consideration will be given for security and health factors.
“A fee of RM50 will be charged for every application, and applicants who receive the approval will be charged a RM5,000 fee. But if for health reasons, no charges will be imposed. Each approval will last for two years, and they need to reapply each time,” he said.
Vehicles with existing tinted windows that are already lower than the set VLT will have to re-apply for approval, otherwise or will be considered as illegal. Failure to adhere to the new regulations could lead to a fine of RM300.