Vehicle Tinted Glass Policy

Road safety regulations specify the minimum levels of light that must pass through the windscreen and front side windows of all motor vehicles.

Excessively tinted glass fitted to these windows can affect road safety as a driver’s vision can be restricted and other road users cannot make eye contact with the driver, particularly at night.  For this reason, the limits for vehicles first used on or after 1st April 1985 are a minimum of 75% light transmittance for the windscreen and a minimum of 70% light transmittance for the front side windows.

The Licensing Authority permits Private Hire Vehicles and Hackney Carriages to use glass to the rear of the “B pillar” which has a light transmittance of less than 70%.

Only vehicle manufactured body tinted glass will be permitted to be used in this area of the vehicle.  The tinted glass must be part of the whole vehicle design when produced and pre-registered for that particular model and specification.

No tinted glass whether manufactured or otherwise will be permitted to be added to a vehicle retrospectively following vehicle manufacture completion.
No retrospective tint application or film will be permitted to be applied to vehicle glass under any circumstances.

This resolution was passed via Delegated Decision.  View copy of delegated decision report here.  

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