Window Tinting Legal Requirements in the UK


If you are looking to get Car Window Tinting carried out in the United Kingdom then you need to be aware of what the legal requirements are for doing so. It is also worth knowing the legal issues surrounding car window tints before visiting a company to have it carried out, even if your chosen company will have in-depth knowledge on the subject. Here are some of the Car Window Tinting Legal Requirements.

All of the law related to car window tinting can be found in the UK Road Vehicles (Construction & Use) Regulations 1986. The statute has been amended on occasion to include different regulations on how much light can be transferred through the car windows, but the base information can be found in this rather hefty piece of legislation. For a tinted window to be legal in the United Kingdom it needs to:

1)      The car needs to be used on or after the 1st April 1985. This isn’t manufactured, but used. This shouldn’t be too much of a problem for most people as it is only really modern cars that you find getting a tint, therefore this aspect of the law is pretty redundant.

2)      The amount of light being transferred through the windscreen must be at least 75%. Here at Ace Tints we are able to provide you with a tint that meets these legal requirements.

3)      The side windows should allow at least 70% of light to be transferred through. Once again your chosen company should be able to provide tints that meet the legal requirements in the United Kingdom.

If your car does not meet these legal requirements then you will find that you will be breaking the law. There are a number of consequences for people that have illegally tinted windows:

a)      The most popular of the ‘punishments’ is a stop and fine. This could go one of two ways; your car will be impounded which of course will end up being costly. Otherwise you could end up with a fine and told to return to a police station at a later date to confirm that the offending film has been removed.

b)      Any accident where it could be reasonably inferred that the tint was to be blamed then you will find that you are much more likely to be blamed. If this happens then quite often you will find that your insurer decides that your vehicle insurance is not valid and therefore will not assist you in repairs too your vehicle.

It may be possible to get away with ‘illegally tinted windows’, however, do you really want to run the risk of it? Noticing illegally tinted windows is difficult for those that enforce the law, but if you continue driving with them you eventually be caught. Is it worth having illegal windows for nothing more than aesthetic purposes when a lot of financial burden can fall upon you? In most people’s opinions it really isn’t.

Contact Ace Tints today for a chat about your car window tinting. We cover most of the North West including Maghull, Wigan, Southport, Liverpool, Preston, Skelmersdale and right here in Ormskirk. Why not give us a call on 01695 575914 for a free no obligation chat.