The government says a fee will soon be imposed on those seeking to have vehicle window tints above the allowable limit, The Star reports. However, not everyone who applies to have darker window tints will get it, according to transport minister Anthony Loke.

“There is no automatic approval as they must be eligible to use the tint and apply for it and pay a fee,” he said. He added that exemptions will be given to vehicle owners who need to utilise a darker tint because of medical conditions.

There is no approval or fee involved if film tinting is carried out to the permissible specification. “If you tint according to the standard, no approval is needed,” Loke said.

There are no revisions to the current vehicle tinting guidelines, which were last revised in February 2016, when updated regulations, filed under Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Certain Types of Glass) (Amendment) Rules 2016 replaced the previous 1991 rules.

The current regulations stipulate that the minimum visible light transmission (VLT) percentages are 70% for the front windscreen, 50% for the front side windows, and 30% for the rear windows and the rear windscreen.

The updated rules for vehicle window tinting is part of the Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2018 that was tabled in parliament yesterday. The amended bill is expected to be passed and gazetted for implementation by January 2019.