The Law

Vehicle Window Tinting and The Law

The law requires the front windscreen to possess 75% visible light transmission (VLT) and the front side windows must have at least 70% VLT.

We are most often requested to tint the front side windows of vehicles and a common misconception is that the law allows a 30% tint. It does not, as even plain glass itself restricts the VLT to around 86% and adding almost any film (except clear Armorcoat) puts the level above the 70% limit.

Most modern vehicles actually already have a slight tint of around 70% VLT in the glass so any form of tint is not possible.

There is no restriction on the amount of tint which can be applied to windows behind the driver.

Some window tint installers may tell you that they can claim they did not know it was for road use or that what you do with your car is your own responsibility.

Be warned: this is not the case. The law is now quite clear and installers can also be prosecuted if they allow a vehicle with tinted front windows to drive away from their premises so Reflecta will not install any film in contravention of the law.

Also remember you can even have your vehicle served with a prohibition of use order.

Reflecta’s Free Testing Service

We are able to test the light transmission of your windows with a calibrated meter of the same type as the Police commonly use. Call in for a free evaluation, including legal visibility testing, using our state-of-the-art equipment.

Insurance and Tinting

Window tinting is also classed as a vehicle modification, so you should inform your vehicle insurer. Do be aware that if you ever do have your front door windows tinted and you have an accident, it could possibly be a get out clause for your insurance company?