Drivers offered tinted window amnesty

Oxford Mail: Djinn Choudry’s tinted windows landed him with a fine Djinn Choudry’s tinted windows landed him with a fine

MOTORISTS with dangerous tinted windows on their vehicles have been given a month to get them changed.

Police are holding a series of roadshows in the Thames Valley and warning drivers that after a month-long amnesty ends, ignorance of the law will not be an excuse.

Earlier this year, Djinn Choudry, 30, from Wood Farm, Oxford, was given a £60 fine and three points on his licence by police for having windows that were too dark, despite being given a two-week exemption by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.

To be legal, side windows must let in 70 per cent of light and windscreens 75 per cent, but most tinted windows let in far less.

Police said drivers with tinted windows who attended their roadshows and got the light levels measured would be given a brief amnesty to remove the tint.

Pc Ian Leyland, a road safety officer, said: “There seems to be an increasing trend by some motorists to fit tinted film or glass to the windows of their vehicles.

“Nearly all manufacturers have a small amount of tinting as standard on vehicle glass, but any extra tinting to the two front side windows or windscreen will, in most circumstances, make their vehicles illegal.”

Tinted windows can affect the driver’s ability to see out of the vehicle, especially in poor light or at night, he said.

Pc Leyland added: “Because it’s not part of the MoT test and, due to various mistruths and lack of information, the first time a motorist could find that their tinted windows are a problem is when they’re stopped by the police.

“In some of the more severe cases, and where the tinting has contributed towards a collision, they can expect a court appearance.”

Police will be at Sainsbury’s supermarket, in Heyford Hill, Oxford, between 10am and 3pm on Thursday, September 24, and at Tesco, in Banbury, the following day.

Motorists with illegal window tinting can sign a written agreement promising to remove the tint.

When the roadshows finish at the beginning of October, the amnesty will also end.

Music producer Mr Choudry was pulled over as part of a roadside check operation run by the police and Vosa officials, who found his car’s side windows only let in 26.4 per cent of available light, much less than the legal level of 70 per cent. He was told he had two weeks to get them changed but was stopped by other police later the same day and fined.

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4:57pm Wed 26 Aug 09

Gunslinger says...

What about cracking down on the garages which supplied & fitted these apparently illegal vehicle modifications?

Probably the same cowboy outfits that do those dodgy number plates that are supposedly illegible to speed cameras!

I dare say some of the sad posers who have been pulled over and fined for having illegal tinted windows are themselves the naive victims of these operators.
What about cracking down on the garages which supplied & fitted these apparently illegal vehicle modifications? Probably the same cowboy outfits that do those dodgy number plates that are supposedly illegible to speed cameras! I dare say some of the sad posers who have been pulled over and fined for having illegal tinted windows are themselves the naive victims of these operators. Gunslinger

6:13pm Wed 26 Aug 09

Terry Chandler says...

How about doing something useful like catching burglars and drug dealers.
How about doing something useful like catching burglars and drug dealers. Terry Chandler

8:11pm Wed 26 Aug 09

Grundon Skipp says...

Terry Chandler wrote:
How about doing something useful like catching burglars and drug dealers.
Well- it is useful if it stops some tw*t pulling out in front of you because he can't see out the side windows.

Maybe if they stripped off the crap plastic bodywork, bad paint jobs, 'racing' stickers and 'LaxPower' mods from their mum's old Nova or Corsa they wouldn't be so embarrassed by their car and wouldn't need tints so dark they can't be seen.

check out www.barryboys.co.uk to see how much money can be spent devaluing a car with cr*p mods.
[quote][p][bold]Terry Chandler[/bold] wrote: How about doing something useful like catching burglars and drug dealers.[/p][/quote]Well- it is useful if it stops some tw*t pulling out in front of you because he can't see out the side windows. Maybe if they stripped off the crap plastic bodywork, bad paint jobs, 'racing' stickers and 'LaxPower' mods from their mum's old Nova or Corsa they wouldn't be so embarrassed by their car and wouldn't need tints so dark they can't be seen. check out www.barryboys.co.uk to see how much money can be spent devaluing a car with cr*p mods. Grundon Skipp

8:57am Thu 27 Aug 09

wallingford1 says...

Grundon Skip, people having been modding their cars for years and just because it's not to your taste, doesnt make it wrong. The "illegal" number plates and tinted windows are clearly sold "For Show Purposes Only" so if some kid wants to put them on his road car, let them feel the full extent of the law....points, fines and bans. Their choice so should face the consequences.....oh, and will also void their insurance! (Not that 1 in 5 bother anymore)
Grundon Skip, people having been modding their cars for years and just because it's not to your taste, doesnt make it wrong. The "illegal" number plates and tinted windows are clearly sold "For Show Purposes Only" so if some kid wants to put them on his road car, let them feel the full extent of the law....points, fines and bans. Their choice so should face the consequences.....oh, and will also void their insurance! (Not that 1 in 5 bother anymore) wallingford1

9:11am Thu 27 Aug 09

AngelB says...

If it's so serious an offence - and a driver not being able to see properly clearly isn't ideal - then WHY is tinting not covered by the MOT test?

Surely weeding our illegal modifications such as this would be easier, cheaper and more efficient (all cars need an MOT) than having to hold roadshows where only a few cars may be checked!
If it's so serious an offence - and a driver not being able to see properly clearly isn't ideal - then WHY is tinting not covered by the MOT test? Surely weeding our illegal modifications such as this would be easier, cheaper and more efficient (all cars need an MOT) than having to hold roadshows where only a few cars may be checked! AngelB

7:51pm Thu 27 Aug 09

Englishman says...

Just like the so called illegal number plates. A flash in the pan amidst a blaze of publicity from the police about prosecuting offending drivers. Judging by the number of cars with doctored number plates still driving around the police soon gave that idea up.
Just like the so called illegal number plates. A flash in the pan amidst a blaze of publicity from the police about prosecuting offending drivers. Judging by the number of cars with doctored number plates still driving around the police soon gave that idea up. Englishman

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