ONE of the many things on a new car owner’s to-do list is to tint the vehicle’s windscreen and windows, even before it hits the road.
Most car salesmen are offering free window tint as incentive to customers and many find this an attractive gift.
It is no wonder that many car accessory shops, especially in the Klang Valley, are packed with customers waiting to tint their vehicles.
The shops had claimed that their services were approved by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and some gave out ‘certificates’ after the vehicle was tinted.
Not realising these are gimmicks to boost business, customers are happily paying more for the services.
The prices range from hundreds to thousands of ringgit, depending on the make of the vehicle.
StarMetro conducted a check and found that a large number of vehicles such as sedans, hatchbacks, SUVs, MPVs and mini pick-ups are tinted.
Interestingly, some of these heavily tinted vehicles were flouting traffic rules.
Some of these vehicles had tints of between 50% and 70%, ignoring JPJ’s regulation which only permits a tint of up to 30% for any type of vehicle.
However, many heavily tinted vehicles were seen on roads, escaping notice of the authorities.
When asked, some owners said they were unaware of JPJ’s regulation.
Most said they were under the impression that it was all right to tint their vehicles’ windows as long as the windscreens remained clear.
Some even said their vehicles, mostly imported, were delivered with heavily tinted windows.
An owner of a heavily tinted car said he has been driving the vehicle for several years and had never been fined or stopped by the authorities.
He said the owner of the car accessory shop he patronised had assured him that he would not be caught. He added that he paid RM2,000 for the tint work.
Another motorist Anne said her white Proton Wira looked ordinary without the tint.
“My friend advised me to tint the windows to give my car a sporty look,’’ she said.
Another young driver who only wished to be known as Mat, said it felt better driving a tinted car due to the hot weather.
“The tint also ensures some privacy,’’ he said.
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