From January 1 next year, all vehicle tint film used on newly-registered vehicles will be required to adhere to the new Malaysia Standard (MS) 2669 standard that has been set by the Department of Standards Malaysia, The Star reports. It is the region’s first standardised test for vehicle tint film.

The new standard will see tint film being identifiable via QR code security labels – with the compatible phone app, enforcement officers will be able to obtain the full specifications of the installed film and verify its compliance by scanning its code. The code will also contain details such as the make of the vehicle and when the date the product was installed.

According to transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, the move towards a standardised guideline will not only ease the work of enforcement officers but also benefit consumers.

“Before, there was no standard for car tint film makers and each had their own interpretation of what tint was acceptable under the law. With this mechanism, a lot of disputes over what tint is acceptable can be resolved,” he explained.

Liow said the adoption of the MS2669 standard was spearheaded by the AAA (Auto Audio Accessories and Air-Condition Traders Association). The new standard doesn’t only take into account and evaluate a tint film based on its solar control performance but also its resistance to weathering, among other parameters.

The report added that only AAA-registered outlets will issue the QR code label – which will be provided for free – for certified products, and these will be available before January.

As for existing installations, Liow said that as long as the minimum permissible visible light transmission level (VLT) of an installed film complies with the rules, a motorist will not have to change the tint film on his/her vehicle.

Current permissible VLT levels are 70% for the front windscreen, 50% for front side windows and 30% for rear side windows and rear screen. Liow added that vehicle owners can visit a Puspakom centre or a vehicle tint film dealer to check the VLT levels of the tint installed in their vehicle.