Transport Ministry Now Allows Rear Windows to Be 100% Dark to Fight Malaysia’s Heat

Bring your car to the workshop this weekend because the Transport Ministry has finally heard our plea and allowed our cars’ rear windows to be tinted as dark as we want.

According to The Star, Transport Minister Anthony Loke made the announcement today (May 7) that the new policy came after the public’s demands, as motorists want darker tinted films on their cars to counter Malaysia’s hot weather.

Source: The Star

The new move allows cars’ rear windshield and back passenger side windows to be fully opaque, 0% light through. Previously, the standard was to at least allow 30% visible light transmission (VLT).

However, the front windscreens retain the 70% light through standard while front passenger side windows must adhere to 50% light through standard.

“We will not compromise on regulations for tinting windows at the front of the vehicle,” the daily quoted Loke as saying.

Source: Car Wrapping

He added that the new standard is in line with the United Nations Regulations on safety glazing materials installation on vehicles (UN Regulation No. 43).

For people who want their vehicles to be fully tinted for security and health reasons, the ministry now allows such requests. But these motorists must attain permission from the ministry first.

They must submit an application that costs RM50 and if approved, they would need to pay RM5,000 for the fully tinted permit.

Source: NST

“Each approval will last for two years, and they need to reapply each time,” Loke explained, adding that a special committee chaired by RTD director-general Datuk Seri Shaharuddin Khalid will be overseeing the approval of these applications.

NST reported that the zero VLT permits on private vehicles allow the government to generate some income. The minister said 20,000 cars from 2011 to 2018 were allowed to have darker tinting but the ministry did not get a single sen out it.

However, those applying for health reasons are exempted from the RM5,000 fee.

The new policy will start tomorrow (May 8) and Road Transport Department (JPJ) enforcement officers will start running checks on vehicles with the new standard in August. Those who found failing to meet the new rule will be fined RM300.

Other than reflecting heat and UV rays, tinted windows also provide better protection to the upholstery in the car, making the interior of your car to have a longer wear-and-tear lifespan. The only downside is that your car will look “uglier” due to the uneven window colours. 

You can watch the video of the announcement on the next page.

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