What Are The Rules for Having Tinted Glasses for Cars in India?

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Tinted glass is commonly used in automobiles to prevent sunlight from entering the cabin. During hot summer days, many people find it difficult to sit inside a car, even if it is ventilated by the air conditioning system. Some individuals prefer tinted glass for car windows to protect themselves from direct sunshine. However, in India, most car models do not come standard with tinted windows. Instead, sun film is typically purchased as an aftermarket accessory to reduce sunlight transmission. Along with its primary function of lowering the interior temperature, tinted glass also helps to protect the interior from fading from sunshine exposure. The Supreme Court issued a regulation in 2012 that forbids the use of sun films as well as other options such as sunscreen. The tinted glass restriction was enacted out of fear of crime, as several criminal instances occurred inside cars with substantially tinted windows. Another reason for prohibiting sunscreen is to improve driver visibility and reduce the likelihood of car accidents caused by poor visibility.

However, many car owners in India despise this law. According to Indian car owners, without tinted glass, the summer weather in India is nearly unbearable. Especially for those who are driving an older-generation car model that does not have a working air conditioner. The good news is that with the new tinted glass technology, car owners may enjoy the convenience of tinted glass without breaching the law. It is also a solution for persons who have skin issues and should avoid direct sunlight. According to the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988, the front and rear windshields must have more than 70% VLT (visual light transmission), while other windows might have up to 50% VLT. Essentially, the use of tinted glass is not fully forbidden by the government. In other words, the government limits the types of sun films that can be applied to your automobile window. It is still acceptable if your windscreen meets the Government’s guidelines, which need at least 70% VLT for the front/rear windshield and 50% VLT for the side window.

Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai are two manufacturers in India that offer factory-fitted tinted windows. However, several automakers provide tinted windows on a limited number of models, generally high-end models. It should be noted that the window film does not have to be dark in order to prevent UV rays and sunlight. There are a few light tint options available that can assure decent visibility while still offering crucial benefits. It should be mentioned that before applying window films, you should ensure that the items are from a reputable company and match the government’s specifications. Every year, rising mercury levels create a significant need for black tinted glass and sunscreens. However, if your windows keep the state of visual transmission light, you can move on with it. At all times, ensure that the reduced eyesight does not exceed the allowable limit.