Ministry to study requests for darker vehicle tints

  • Nation
  • Monday, 09 Jun 2003

ALOR STAR: The Transport Ministry is getting expert opinion on whether to allow darker tints for vehicles because of the country’s hot weather, said its parliamentary secretary Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai. 

He said many associations had written to the ministry asking it to allow darker tints because of the hot weather. 

“We are getting our experts to study this,” he told reporters after chairing the Malaysian Chinese Chess Federation’s annual general meeting here on Saturday. 

Lim, who is the federation president, said the ministry was getting all the necessary information for the Cabinet to make a decision. 

He, however, said the police had earlier rejected the request for darker tints because of robberies and the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States.  

He advised those who wished to tint their vehicles to comply with the present laws, which allow for not less that 70% light penetration for the front windscreen and not less that 50% for the rear windscreen and side windows. 

Lim said the ministry would definitely be going after all those who had tinted their vehicles above the permissible level but was “giving them a little more time” to comply with regulations. 

On proposed requirements for the wearing of safety belts for rear passengers in cars and fixing of rear reflectors for lorries and buses, Lim said the ministry was giving new Road Transport Department director-general Datuk Emran Kadir more time to study the matters.  

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