On May 7, Transport Minister Anthony Loke announced a new window tint ruling where Malaysians can have their rear windscreen and rear windows as dark as they wish.
The current rule stipulates that the minimum visible light transmission (VLT) percentages for front windshield is 70%; for driver’s and front passenger’s side windows is 50%; and for the rear windshield and rear passengers’ side windows is 30%.
The last revision on the window tinting regulation was made in February 2016. Then, motorists were prohibited from tinting their rear windscreen and rear side windows above 30% VLT. There were no changes for the driver’s and front passenger’s side windows along with the front windshield.
However, the new ruling seems to signal a red flag to the police force. A day after the announcement, Bukit Aman Investigation Department and Traffic Enforcement (JSPT) director Datuk Azisman Alias said his department respected the new rules announced by the Transport Minister but argued that it will make law enforcement duties difficult.
It will be tough for law enforcement officers to detect minor offenses such as using smartphones while driving and not wearing seat belts.
On Facebook, netizens’ reaction is divided on the new tinting regulation.
It was reported that the Road Transport Department (JPJ) enforcement officers will be checking on Malaysian motorists under the new ruling in three months’ time.