An afternoon hustle to work, scorching heat, tinted window car glass, and traffic police, sums up to a catastrophe. Yes, I am talking about the incident I faced a few days back and don't want anyone else to sail the same boat, due to the lack of information.
Everyone wants to save themselves and their cars from the extremely hot weather and UV rays and hence, we use tinted car windows, but do you know that tinted glasses are illegal in India?
I didn't know that and had to pay a hefty traffic penalty.
Tinted glass, what is that?
Usually, glasses in vehicles are treated with a material to minimize the transmission of light by blocking the sun rays and keeps the car from overheating.
Benefits of tinted windows
- Protects the car from overheating.
- Blocks UV rays, protecting our skin.
- In case of an accident, it prevents the glass to shatter.
- Keeps us safe from the prying eye.
Outlawed, but why?
The tinted glasses were banned in suspicion of crimes since numerous criminal cases were observed inside cars with heavily tinted windows. Additionally, another reason for banning it was to ensure good visibility to drivers and downward the risk of car accidents due to limited visibility. However, the law is still abhorred and violated by many Indian car users who feel paying a penalty is better than roasting into a chicken tandoori (pun intended).
Rules are rules, let's talk law.
In 2012, the Supreme Court has passed a rule forbidding the use of tinted glasses or other substitutes that obstructs visibility. Any modification such as adding a sun film will entice a traffic police penalty.
If the car is designed and manufactured with tinted glass then it is permitted.
Few VIPs and high-profile cars are tinted for security reasons with permission from the home ministry and authorities.
What is allowed?
The good news, the usage of tinted glass is not completely prohibited. The government has set some guidelines, according to Central Motor Vehicle rules 1989, the side glasses must have a minimum of 50 percent of visual light transmission, and front and rear glass must have a minimum of 70 percent of visual light transmission. The rules are made for the sake of public safety and overlooking it might lead to a mishap.
There are few companies such as Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai who are providing the solutions in some of their top variants. Dark green UV cut glasses are legal as well as a permanent solution to it, however, the pricing may be on the higher side.
Magnetic temporary mesh curtains and fixed rolled-up mesh curtains are few options to save you from UV rays. And to get your hands on premium car sun shades and curtains, you can check out AutoFurnish’s premium collection. It is a leading premium auto accessories online store where you can buy interior as well as exterior car accessories for all models and brands.
The crux of the matter is, anything that impedes visibility is illegal. Follow RTO guidelines or pay when caught and do not argue with the cops, as they are already roasted under the sun and no amount of reasoning will make them understand. Use the latest alternatives such as magnetic sun shades, reflective insulated foldable aluminum foil, etc that you can easily get at AutoFurnish.