Gov’t faces backlash for imprisonment warning drivers with tinted windows

CITIZENS are angry at the news of the enforcement of regulations against tinted car windows which carry fines up to RM2,000 or imprisonment for up to six months for first-time offenders and steeper penalties for subsequent convictions.The news piece went viral on the X platform and many users found it unsettling and uncomfortable.

Moreover, users stated that most women prefer tinted windows due to their safety and well-being.In May 2019, Transport Ministry in collaboration with the Malaysian Road Transport Department (JPJ) introduced new regulations governing the usage of tinted windows in private vehicles.These regulations, outlined in the Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Certain Types of Glass) Rules 1991 (Amendment 2019), specify permissible Visible Light Transmittance (VLT) rates for vehicle windows as follows:

  • Front windshield: 70% VLT
  • Driver’s side left and right side windows: 50% VLT
  • Rear side windows plus the rear window: 0% VLTTwitter user @iamdrjoe said:

However, some support this decision as users noted that this is all allowed as long as the tint is following government regulations.

Some are saying that the government should instead go after the tint shops that are actively selling specific types of tints that are not up to government regulation. – Oct 8, 2023

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