JPJ Warns Drivers About Window Tinting Regulations

Published by on . Updated on 25 Oct 2023

The Malaysian Road Transport Department (JPJ) has issued a stern warning to drivers who violate regulations concerning window tinting, emphasizing that offenders will face fines and the possibility of imprisonment.

JPJ has invoked the Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Certain Types of Glass) Rules 1991, which were amended four years ago. These updated rules now stipulate that the visible light transmittance (VLT) of a vehicle's front windscreen should be no less than 70%, and at least 50% for the front side windows.

According to FMT, those who contravene these regulations may incur fines of up to RM2,000 or imprisonment for up to six months for a first offense. Subsequent convictions may lead to more severe penalties, including fines of up to RM4,000 and imprisonment for up to 12 months.

It's important to note that the regulations do not impose a limit on the VLT of a vehicle's rear side windows and rear windscreen, as clarified by JPJ.

The window tinting restrictions aim to ensure unobstructed driver visibility and road safety, as explained by Wong Shaw Voon, Chairman of the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros). 

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Wong clarified, "The rule for the front windshield stipulates that it must allow at least 70% of light to pass through because that's where drivers primarily look, and they require a clear view to spot potential hazards. The 50% VLT requirement for the front side windows is intended for improved visibility, as hazards can approach from the sides. The back side windows and rear windshield may have 0% VLT because drivers primarily focus on what's in front of them."

These regulations apply to all car drivers, with some exceptions, as noted by Universiti Putra Malaysia road safety expert Law Teik Hua. Law pointed out that exemptions might be granted for medical reasons when motorists require reduced exposure to sunlight, and they must obtain a recommendation from a medical specialist and submit it to JPJ to secure such an exemption.

He also emphasized that the tinting regulations are based on British standards, prioritizing safety and security. While there may be variations compared to other countries like Japan and China, the ultimate objective is enhancing safety and security.

Law stressed that the most reliable way to assess tint darkness is by checking the VLT percentage, which measures the amount of visible light that can penetrate a tinted window. Drivers can do this by consulting the documentation or packaging provided by the tint film manufacturer, which should contain relevant details, or by visiting automotive shops equipped with a VLT meter.

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In response to a survey revealing the sale of tinted film on e-commerce platforms, Law highlighted that low compliance rates are often due to the perception of lenient enforcement. To deter violations, he recommended that law enforcement agencies remain vigilant through regular roadblocks and inspections to enforce tint regulations.

He also called on the government to regulate workshops by implementing licensing requirements and quality standards while imposing penalties on those who fail to comply, including fines, license suspension, or shop closure.

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