Old (left) and new tint regulations. VLT expressed in percentages; the lower the number, the darker the tint.

The new window tint rules – first set to come into effect in November 2014, then delayed to May 2015 – has finally been enforced in Malaysia. The updated regulations, filed under Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Certain Types of Glass) (Amendment) Rules 2016 now overwrite the previous 1991 rules.

Enforced since February 6, The Sun reports that motorists that don’t adhere to the new specifications will face significantly higher fines and penalties than before. First time offenders will be fined up to RM2,000 or six months jail, compared to just RM500 or two-week jail term previously.

The penalties rise up to RM4,000 or 12 months jail time (or both) for repeat offenders, again far stricter than the RM1,000 fine or a one-month jail sentence stipulated by the old regulations.

To recap, the new rules specify minimum permissible visible light transmission (VLT) levels of 70% for the front windscreen, 50% for the front side windows and 30% for all other windows (rear side windows and rear screen), as opposed to 70% VLT for the windscreen and 50% VLT for all other windows previously.

Finally, then. What do you think of the new regulations, folks?