Decision on darker car tint in line with international standards, says Loke

Transport Minister Loke Siew Fook.

PUTRAJAYA: Transport Minister Loke Siew Fook today defended his ministry’s decision to allow darker tint on car windows, saying it is in line with international regulations.

At a press conference here, he said his ministry had also taken into consideration views gathered from a workshop held under the previous administration in 2014.

“This time, we did not hold any workshops because discussions were likely to be the same. So we collected the views from there.”

He said the majority of participants had agreed to retain the rate of visual light transmission (VLT) at 70% for front windscreens and 50% for front driver and passenger windows.

“What we amended here was for the rear windows. The workshop also agreed to amend it from 50% to 30%, with tolerance rate at 5%. The committee agreed,” he added.

He said his ministry’s decision was in line with international regulations as many countries had set their VLT rate at 70% to 75% for the front windscreens and driver and front passenger windows to ensure that the driver’s visibility would not be disturbed.

As for the rear windows, he said, some countries had put the VLT rate at 25% to 35%, while others did not determine a rate at all.

“What we have decided is in line with international regulation, like in Japan. We are following Japan as most of our cars are imported from there,” he said.

“We also want to solve the problems faced by multi-purpose vehicle and sports utility vehicle drivers nowadays.

“Most of these cars can’t enter our market due to our regulations. Some of them have to change their VLT rate and then send it to Puspakom, then after that they would have to change it back. This is what we want to help change.”

He added that cars are now allowed to tint their rear windows darker so that it would be fair to all.

“So there won’t be issues (with them) saying the government is being unfair.”

Loke also acknowledged taking government revenue into consideration.

However, he added that not all applications would automatically be approved. He said the applications must go through a vetting process handled by a committee led by the director-general of the Road Transport Department. Those with criminal records will automatically be rejected, he added.