CAR owners who are looking to give their vehicles a more stylish look often opt for tinted windows.
In the UK, window tinting is subject to strict regulations and drivers should be aware of the penalties they can face if they break the rules.
Can I get fined for having tinted windows?
The rules for tinted front windscreens and front side windows depend on when the vehicle was first used, according to the government’s website.
There are no rules for tinting the rear windscreen or rear passenger windows.
If the vehicle was first used on April 1, 1985, or later, the front windscreen must let at least 75% of light through and the front side windows must let at least 70% of light through.
For vehicles first used before April 1, 1985, the front windscreen and front side windows must both let at least 70% of light through.
It is important to keep in mind that having your car windows tinted will reduce the amount of light passing through the glass, which in turn will make it harder to see in low-light conditions.
It is illegal to fit or sell glass (or a vehicle already fitted with glass) that breaks the rules on tinted windows.
If your tinted windows break the law, you could get a penalty notice, court summons or a “prohibition notice” stopping you from using your vehicle on the road until you have the extra tint removed.
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How much does it cost to tint car windows?
There is no fixed price for car window tinting as the cost will depend on the make and model of your car, the type of tint you choose, and the number of windows being tinted.
According to Checkatrade, prices are in the region of £200 to £500 for all your car windows.
Professionally tinted car windows typically last around 10 years.
Some drivers choose to tint their windows to have greater privacy for their car interior, as well as increased protection from UV rays, while others do it to give their vehicle a new look.
Will tinted windows affect my car insurance?
Generally, tinted windows do not cause higher insurance premiums.
However, different companies can have different rules, so it is important to check with your insurance provider to see whether tinted windows require a change in your policy.