Ministry: Changes To Car Window Tint Rules

November 15, 2015

The Ministry of Tourism Development and Transport advised on recent amendments to regulations concerning window tint on private motor cars saying that the specifications are forward passenger window and driver side window not less than 35%; and, rear passenger window not less than 24% when measured perpendicular to the surface by an approved instrument.

The statement said, “The Ministry of Tourism Development and Transport wishes to provide additional public notification of recent amendments to the Motor Car [Construction, Equipment and Use] Regulations 1952. The amendments to the regulations are related to window tint on private motor cars.

“In 2014, a Vehicle Tint Policy for public service vehicles was introduced by the Transport Control Department [TCD]; and the policy change was proposed as a result of the long standing custom and practice of the sitting Minister exercising his/her right to use discretion to approve or not approve a request for permission to allow a window tint that is very close to the legal limit.

“The policy decision to allow darker tint in Public Service Vehicles demonstrated the government’s support for some of our front line Bermuda ambassadors our Taxi Owners and Operators.

“This decision has prompted this administration to embrace a greater tolerance and acceptance for slightly darker window tints on all motor cars.

“It is generally understood and accepted that tinted windows in vehicles provide several benefits. The tint can:

  • reduce the ultra-violet light, heat and glare from the sun
  • assist with the performance and efficiency of the air conditioning system
  • reduce the amount of fuel required to operate the vehicle thus having a knock on benefit with our carbon footprint.

“The amendments to the Motor Car [Construction, Equipment and Use] Regulations 1952 addresses provisions for visual transmission of light through windows and the specifications are as follows:

“Forward passenger window and driver side window not less than 35%; and, rear passenger window not less than 24% when measured perpendicular to the surface by an approved instrument.

“November 6th, 2015 was the effective date of the amendment.”

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  1. Triangle Drifter says:

    Those seem like odd numbers. Hope these are industry standard tint percentages, not some crazy numbers dreamed up by somebody over on North St. that they somehow expect the dealerships to comply with.

    Surely nobody in their right mind expects builders to tint to suit what some nobody in Bermuda thinks the tint should be.

  2. Micro says:

    nearly 100% transparent films can produce the exact same results tho.

    We’re quibbling about tinted visors on helmets but allowing darker tints on vehicles…

    • Terry says:

      Good point Micro.
      The helmet thing is just an aid to hide indentity when doing something.
      Also remember that tinted glass on cars can be used just as much as for who/whom was in the area.
      Shalom.

  3. blessed says:

    My private car, my money!!!! Why is government allowed to dictate to me my privacy? They need to be more concerned with where the tax payers money goes and how to assist the unemployed. LEAVE US HARD WORKING CITIZENS ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!