Q: I recently read the newspaper and mentioned that windshield tint in passenger cars is illegal in British Columbia. I found this strange because I see tons of cars with tinted windshields in the city. My question is: Is the colouring of the windshield illegal or not? – Confused in British Columbia. If you drive a truck or SUV built in the last decade, it`s probably equipped with factory-tinted glass on all windows behind the front doors. Some U.S. states allow medical exceptions for window tinting. Medical exemptions allow drivers to install tinted windows that are darker than permitted by law. The reasons for medical exemptions vary and may be due to light sensitivity or the need to be protected from sunlight. In addition, you must store your car at your own expense until a photometric reading certifies that your windows meet the standards. In Canada, car window tint is regulated by the Motor Vehicle Safety Act as well as the laws of some provinces. Windshield and passenger window noise is illegal in almost every province, and we strongly advise against it. Unfortunately, Ontario`s window tint laws prohibit aftermarket windshield tints for all vehicles. In addition, the colour on the front side windows of these vehicles shall be equal to or greater than 70 per cent of the VLT.
That said, if you have a spare tint on an older vehicle, the law should not apply retroactively. But I know that if you drive a `98 Corolla to `06 anywhere in Delta, the blackened sedan hue is fine. Penalties can be harsh and police officers in Canada do not forgive illegal tinting of windows. Even in provinces where the percentage of light transmission is not clearly defined, officials can still issue notices and fines if they find that they do not have a clear view of the driver. The rear window can be tinted to any degree of darkness. Automatic dye film is a great addition to improve the appearance, comfort and safety of your vehicle. Consider a professional car tint film installation to ensure you get a legal, high-quality, and durable tint. There are a handful of reasons why someone needs a window tint in their car. They may have retinal damage as a side effect of diabetes, they may have extreme sensitivity to light, or they may have had complications due to skin cancer that requires an extra level of protection. In fact, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone apply a window tint to their vehicle to prevent UV-A filtering that blocks cancer.
With the new ceramic tint films, we can actually increase heat dissipation and reduce UV light transmission without having to darken windows as before. This means that you could have invisible protection for you and your family. We certainly don`t want to break the law, but with a note from your doctor describing your need for sun protection, we will be happy to install windshield films for you. This does not mean that tinting aftermarket windows is legal. This only means that this tint is allowed if the vehicle was manufactured as such. Keep in mind that what might be legal in your province may not be legal in the next, so be careful when choosing between window tint options. Many car owners keep valuables in their cars that can attract the attention of thieves if left in sight. But by tinting your car`s rear side windows and rear window, you can keep valuables in the back seat without having to worry about someone trying to break into your car. You cannot tint your windshield or driver`s or passenger`s windows in British Columbia. You can tint your rear windows. If you can`t see clearly through your windows, the hue is too dark. The hue is meant to add a bit of privacy and security and protect you from UV sunlight.
You don`t want to compromise your ability to see and drive safely. According to Ontario law, you should not apply window film tint to your windshield and only use an automatic tint of 70% VLT or more on your front side windows. We strongly recommend that you do not apply glass tint to the windshield or front side windows, as any percentage could technically result in a fine. It`s up to each officer to determine if your hue “significantly” obscures the view in your vehicle. The front side windows may be tinted, but must allow 50% or more light to pass through. The rear side windows and rear windshield can be dark as long as the vehicle is equipped with exterior mirrors on the left and right sides. More Northwest Territories Tint Laws and Regulations » If someone has decided to break into your car or you`ve been involved in a collision, tint film on windows prevents broken glass from breaking everywhere. The adhesive film holds the glass in place, making it difficult to get into your vehicle and also protects you from injury caused by broken glass theft. Each Canadian province has its own rules and regulations, and violations of vehicle equipment laws may also be cited during visits to other provinces. Ontario law does not restrict the colour and darkness of your rear side windows and rear window.
[…] Any window directly to the left or right of the driver`s seat […] significantly obscures the interior of the motor vehicle when viewed from the outside of the motor vehicle Many owners of such vehicles often choose to tint only the front windows to match the rear, believing that they are already equipped with the rear windows. You can apply any percentage of tint on the rear and rear glasses. We did not include the Yukon regulations because they are very vague and any percentage could be illegal. Check out our main page on Canadian window tint laws for an overview of car tint laws for all provinces and to find out if British Columbia`s window tint laws can result in fines in the rest of Canada. Only the relevant provisions on vehicle windows refer to concealed windows (Motor Vehicles Act, § 190), where no one may drive a vehicle if the view is obscured in any way to make driving dangerous or dangerous. The tint of car windows can be done with window film or spray. But window tint spray is not legal in some provinces. So you`d better choose high-quality autotint movies instead. Window tint laws exist for everyone`s safety on the road, no matter how frustrating they are.
Play it safe and keep the side windows clean if you want to drive without fines anywhere in Canada. Google would have given you the results with a reference to the laws at the bottom of this page; Ontario laws do not explicitly state whether the windshield colour is legal or not. Under Ontario`s Road Safety Act (link below), you are not allowed to drive if: You can use any measure of darkness on your rear side windows and rear window. In New Brunswick, the law does not require exterior mirrors (“side fenders”), although they are mandatory in most Canadian provinces. The difference is simply a mathematical fact: factory tint transmits 4% of ultraviolet light and spare films only 1%. Therefore, the former transmits four times more ultraviolet light than the latter.