Car Owners Will Now Have To Pay A Fee If They Want Darker Window Tints

However, not everyone will get the approval.

New amendments to the Road Transport Act 1987 will see vehicle owners having to pay a fee if they wish to have car window tints above the allowable limit

The amendment was unanimously passed in Dewan Rakyat yesterday, 11 December, as part of the Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2018.

It is expected to come into effect from January onwards. 

The Star reported that the law currently allows tints of at least 70% Visible Light Transmission (VLT) for the windscreen, 50% for front passenger windows, and 30% for the rear passenger windows and rear windscreen.

Window tints that are within the confines of the law do not require prior approval.

However, not everyone who applies for darker window tints will be allowed to have it

"There is no automatic approval as they must be eligible to use the tint and apply for it and pay a fee," Transport Minister Anthony Loke said.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

Image via Yusof Mat Isa/Malay Mail

Exemptions will be given to those who require darker window tints due to a medical condition.

There are currently no reports on what amount the fees will be.

Additionally, abandoned vehicles may now become a problem of the past with another amendment that will empower the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to deregister abandoned vehicles

Loke previously said during a press conference on 10 December that, "Currently, we only have the vehicle registration process. With the amendments, it will better facilitate the vehicle deregistration process.

"This will help address the problem of abandoned vehicles. Many local councils are facing this problem in many residential areas."

"At present, local councils are prevented from towing away the abandoned cars as they are still registered," said Loke, reported The Star.

"So we want to simplify the deregistration system to allow local authorities to dispose of the abandoned vehicles."

The amendment will also allow JPJ to deregister vehicles with tampered chassis numbers. 

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