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The two-day workshop on the direction and policy of the use of vehicle tints begins today, and the Road Transport Department (JPJ) will implement whatever decisions are made at the workshop, Bernama reports.

Director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad said that as an implementing agency, JPJ would enforce whatever decisions were made by the transport ministry.

“If it decides that everybody cannot use dark-tinted glass, we will enforce the regulation, and if it decides to allow everybody to use dark-tinted glass, we will also enforce it,” Bernama quoted him as saying.

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Apparently, a picture of a dark-tinted vehicle, allegedly belonging to Ismail, was being widely circulated. He said it belonged to another officer.

“The picture is not accurate actually because the glass is not very dark because it meets the stipulated specification, which is 30% darkness for the front glass and 50% for the rear and side (windows).

“Perhaps, because of the lighting, the glass looks darker,” he was quoted by Bernama as saying. He added that the use of dark-tinted glass was permitted for enforcement agencies for the security of their staff.

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Ops Cermin Gelap was first announced by the police in mid-May as a massive nationwide operation targeting vehicles with heavily-tinted windows, set for June 16. Ismail then said in late-May that no such operation was being conducted, but that JPJ would carry out smaller-scale operations from time to time.

The transport ministry decided to study and review the use of vehicle tints at a two-day workshop starting June 2 at Holiday Inn, Glenmarie, where aspects like existing regulations, enforcement, security and usability would be explored.

It then emerged last week that ‘Operation Dark Glass’ would happen on June 16 after all, so said deputy transport minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi.