The new window tint regulations announced yesterday by transport minister Anthony Loke has received no shortage of response, and much of it is with regards to security, especially with the rear windows and rear windscreen now allowed to go full black. Apparently, the police was not consulted on the matter, and while they accept the new rules, they don’t agree with it.

“The police was not asked to discuss the new rules. I feel disappointed. They could have discussed (with us) and considered our point of view,” PDRM’s director of traffic investigations and enforcement department Datuk Azisman Alias told Harian Metro.

He added that the new regulations for private vehicles make police enforcement work tougher, and the safety of police personnel is also affected as officers will no longer be able to sight a car’s rear passengers during inspection. “Before this, we can see the passengers and driver, but with this new ruling, there’s no minimum visible light transmission (for the rear). It’s quite difficult for police to search and detect a passenger in the back,” he said.

The outgoing VLT rules, which is being replaced by the new one today

The traffic police chief added that the new rules also make it difficult for police to detect minor offences such as using mobile phones while driving and not wearing seatbelts.

“Yes, there are restrictions such as a fee (to go fully dark, including the front), and the need to fulfil requirements such as having no criminal record and such, but that’s like road tax for the car. There are motorists who don’t have licenses and can use that car too,” he added. The cop was perhaps trying to illustrate that anyone can use these heavily tinted cars despite the restrictions.

Before this new “unlimited darkness” ruling, the previous minimum visible light transmission (VLT) percentages were 30% for the rear windows and rear windscreen, as revised in February 2016. The 70% VLT for the front windscreen and 50% VLT for the front windows remain unchanged, but can be bypassed for those with valid safety or health reasons, for a fee of RM5,000. Read more here.