PUTRAJAYA: A new mechanism is to be used to streamline the standard for automotive heat-blocking window film tint, based on the Malaysia Standard MS2669, beginning next year.
Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said the mechanism could resolve the issue of enforcement involving the use of different testing devices by motor vehicle accessory shops and the authorities.
He said the mechanism could also ensure that the films installed by accessory shops adhere to the standard set, thus preventing consumers from being cheated with imitation products.
“I believe the Road Transport Department (RTD) will take further action such as amending any related regulations or means to ensure smooth implementation of the use of film that adheres to MS2669,” he said when launching the mechanism here today.
The mechanism was developed by the Malaysia Auto Audio, Accessories and Air-Conditioner Traders Association (AAA) with the cooperation of RTD, Department of Standards Malaysia, Computerised Vehicle Inspection Centre (Puspakom), Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros), the domestic trade, cooperatives and consumerism ministry, and the Malaysian Automobile Association (MAA).
In line with the use of the mechanism, Liow said industry operators, whether suppliers or retailers, would be using the QR safety code label for the heat-blocking film installed for every vehicle screen and window.
Through the system, he said, consumers, accessory shop operators and the authorities could check the code to see whether the film installed met the standard set.
“Sometimes, not only consumers have been duped but also accessory shop operators by their suppliers.
“But with this system, all levels can check whether the film is genuine or fake,” he added.
Meanwhile, Auto Audio, Accessories and Air Condition Traders Association of Malaysia (AAA) president Cherrie Lim Bee Choo said the QR code could be scanned through the “Tin Trac” mobile phone application which could be uploaded through the Play Store and App Store.
She said the QR code could begin to be used by mid-November in stages at all motor accessory shops that are members of AAA, comprising over 90% of such shops in the country.
“Only shops that are AAA members have the QR code. By scanning the code, all information such as the brand name of the film and the material used can be obtained,” Lim said.
She said the mechanism could monitor and detect heat-blocking films from the time of importation, distribution and installation to the satisfaction of consumers up to enforcement.
This mechanism was created following the announcement by the police and Road Transport Department on the large-scale integrated enforcement operation to be launched on June 16, 2014 against vehicle owners who used heat and ultra violet-rays blocking film that did not meet the standard.
The announcement raised objection as the testing device used by the enforcement authorities was different from that used by vehicle accessory shop operators.