Window tints in India are illegal. Any vehicle except for the ones that take permission is now allowed to use any kind of tint. Recently, a video by police personnel shows the action taken by them on a police vehicle with a window tint.
In the video, a team of police personnel take out all the aftermarket tints from the windows of a Mahindra Bolero. The Bolero had the Police stickers all over. However, the police officer says that no tint is allowed on any kind of car in India according to the order of the Supreme Court.
The police have also started using tint meters to catch the offenders. While there is a fine for using such tints on the car, the police also remove the tint on the spot to ensure that the offenders follow the rules.
Aftermarket tints are not allowed
The tinted window rule is one of the most flouted rules in India. While the enforcement is quite strict in metropolitan cities like Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai, in many other cities, motorists continue to use tinted windows to save themselves from the sun. It should be noted that any kind of aftermarket tinted window is not allowed in Indian cars. This was done to ensure that the crimes happening inside the vehicle can be spotted by the bystanders easily.
In 2019, Supreme Court gave a green signal to an amendment in the Motor Vehicles Act, which is known as Rule 100 (2). As per this newly amended rule, the rear windscreen of every motor vehicle shall be manufactured to offer not less than 70 per cent of visual transmission of light, while the same for the side window panels, it should be not less than 50 per cent of visual transmission of light. These permissions should comply with the Indian Standards IS 2553 (Part 2) (Revision 1): 2019 as amended from time to time.
However, this amendment is allowed only for vehicle manufacturers and not for the general public or aftermarket accessory shops. Several people are violating this rule by applying tinted sun films on their own over the window panels and rear windscreen through aftermarket accessory shops, which is now illegal as per the most recent guideline of the Supreme Court.
The primary reason behind the introduction of this rule is to prevent the rise of crimes like kidnapping, molestation and smuggling. However, people apply such films on the windows of their vehicles to keep the cabin temperature as low as possible, so that the air conditioning systems of their vehicles work more effectively.