Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Citizens asked to comment on window tint policy

The Works and Transport Ministry is inviting public review of a draft policy document for the amendment of the laws regarding the use and enforcement of window tint on vehicles.

This, as Minister Rohan Sinanan promised new and modern vehicle window tinting laws.

The law in its current state allows for the imposition of a $2000 fine per window for tint that is considered “too dark”, however, there is no specification in the law as to what grade of tint is lawful or prohibited in this country.

The handing out of fines for motor vehicle tint is up to the discretion of the police officer.

The amendment of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act, Chapter 48:50 (MVRT Act) on the use and enforcement of window film, commonly known as “tint or tinting film” on motor vehicles in Trinidad and Tobago will ensure that there is clarity on what is an acceptable grade of tint.

The policy is the latest initiative in line with the Ministry’s commitment to the continued robust development and implementation of modern traffic laws for the promotion of road safety, as well as the regulation of road use and traffic management.

Amendments to the current laws on the use of tint on motor vehicles will provide for exemptions in limited circumstances and to allow law enforcement officers to utilise modern hand-held devices to measure the permissible percentage of any film or material that is applied to the windscreens and windows of motor vehicles.

The policy’s proposals seek to ensure that the law is “uniformly enforced in a fair and reasonable manner”.

The public is invited to review the draft policy document on the Ministry’s website for one month and anonymously submit comments to the Ministry.

Follow the link below to download the document and supply comments: http://www.mowt.gov.tt/general/category.aspx?categoryID=42  
 

 

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