the mini has a % of tint to the glass already this is why any extra tint makes it illegal and this will also invalidate your insurance.. I quoted the above from LAW sites,
take from someone who actually has had dealings with the law with regards to this topic.. they are illegal FACT!
I remember your car from last years calendar, and to be fair it was excessively dark which is maybe why you had to have them removed straight away.
Ive done some research on the subject from the dft and this is what ive found so far, although i will be emailing them for clarification. Department for Transport - Tinted Windows - summary of responses
Info from here, although it does seem inconsistent and the text appears to always point to other people on the situation. Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF)
A sympathetic enforcement policy should be implemented by the police and VOSA to discriminate between what they consider 'light' tints (but which do not meet the prescribed standards) and very dark tints which are clearly dangerous. Those with 'light' tinted films (above 30% VLT) should only be issued with rectification notices or delayed prohibition notices and not immediate prohibitions. Immediate prohibitions should only be issued in cases where window tints are very dark (below 30% VLT). Delayed prohibitions should be issued for less heavily tinted windows (30%-50% VLT) and the police and VOSA should generally only point out non-compliance with the law in the less serious cases (50%-70% VLT). However, these are merely guidelines and the Police/VOSA have discretion to decide for themselves what action is appropriate in particular circumstances.
The British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF)
The sale of tints and films for vehicle windows should be banned. The construction and use regulations only prescribe light transmission levels for windscreens and other windows at the side or forward of the driver seat. Films and tints can legally be applied to back windows so we could not ban the sale of these items. British School of Motoring (BSM) There is little public awareness of the prescribed tint levels.
The prescribed visual light transmittance levels are on the Department's website. We could also highlight this issue in DSA's handbook "Driving the Essential Skills" as suggested by BSM.
A lot of the stuff above and on that website is conflicting thats why i will contact them.
Jon how do you know the tint already on the minis front windows are, as you say, on the limit? If you have contacted mini about the issue id be grateful if you could post it on here.
I tend not to believe some information on the internet especially when it is a certain company saying it so im trying to get all the legal info from the government agencies and bmw themselves.
so im not taking the mick and not believing you but you have to understand where im coming from. As i see so many cars with front tints although they dont appear to be excessive they are darker than standard minis so by what you say, it should be illegal; but i've never seen anyone having them removed or know anyone that has had to.
I only want my tint a tad darker, so you can still see in and out clearly. i dont 'need' it as such but, I just dont like the look of a black roof with a clear as can be window, it needs a little bit of shade to look right imo.
I probably will go ahead with it regardless, its barely going to be noticeable especially in the company of cars around these days. If the old bill pulls me over and asks for it to be removed then fair enough i will do it right in front of them. At least i would still be left with the rear windows tinted!! Albeit, £80 more than MINI's price.
I can live without the fronts tinted, but it would be 'nice' to have them.