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What’s the law on having the front windows tinted??

My mini dealer won't tint the front windows for me as they had a car come back that had been stopped by the police and given a £60 pound fine.

I know the law has changed recently but I don't seem to be able to find much info on this, I’m sure someone told me the front windows can be tinted to 35%??

Can anyone enlighten me?
 

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TomUK23 said:
What’s the law on having the front windows tinted??

My mini dealer won't tint the front windows for me as they had a car come back that had been stopped by the police and given a £60 pound fine.

I know the law has changed recently but I don't seem to be able to find much info on this, I’m sure someone told me the front windows can be tinted to 35%??

Can anyone enlighten me?
Basically, their right, legally, you can't tint the windows in front of the b pillar any more. DOn't listen to the people that bang on abot '35%' being legal.... I had a specialist company tint my windows, and when the law changed they asked me to return to have it removed. Even though it was a 'ultra light' tint. The reason for this is that all car windows are tinted by the manufacturer anyway, usually at about 17-20%. This is built into the glass. Adding even the light tint puts it to beyond 35%, so legally your stuffed. Reputable tinter wont tint front passenger windows, but plenty of people are still getting it done.

The problem stems from the tossers that think its cool to have completly blacked out windows.... a few accidents have been attributed to tinted windows, even at least one death. The governemnt jumped on this, despite the fact that most adults over the age of 50 that don't wear glasses can't see past the end of their noses....

I didn't have my tints removed. So perhaps legally I'm in a funny spot. But then again, I know I have perfect eyesight (laser corrected vision) and I'm a 'very careful driver' (ask anyone... never break the limit).

It will be interesting to find out what the position is when I get my car MOT'd for the first time next year....

The police in my area really don't give a stuff about tinting.... seems the same in most of the South/London area. I have heard of areas where they enforce it though. At the end of the day, I'm middle aged and sensible (for the most), I think if your a kid and go to cruises, and have one of those uiterly pointless 'Big Woofer' sound systems, you might get plods attention.
 

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Tony*t3 said:
Basically, their right, legally, you can't tint the windows in front of the b pillar any more. DOn't listen to the people that bang on abot '35%' being legal.... I had a specialist company tint my windows, and when the law changed they asked me to return to have it removed. Even though it was a 'ultra light' tint. The reason for this is that all car windows are tinted by the manufacturer anyway, usually at about 17-20%. This is built into the glass. Adding even the light tint puts it to beyond 35%, so legally your stuffed. Reputable tinter wont tint front passenger windows, but plenty of people are still getting it done.

The problem stems from the tossers that think its cool to have completly blacked out windows.... a few accidents have been attributed to tinted windows, even at least one death. The governemnt jumped on this, despite the fact that most adults over the age of 50 that don't wear glasses can't see past the end of their noses....

I didn't have my tints removed. So perhaps legally I'm in a funny spot. But then again, I know I have perfect eyesight (laser corrected vision) and I'm a 'very careful driver' (ask anyone... never break the limit).

It will be interesting to find out what the position is when I get my car MOT'd for the first time next year....

The police in my area really don't give a stuff about tinting.... seems the same in most of the South/London area. I have heard of areas where they enforce it though. At the end of the day, I'm middle aged and sensible (for the most), I think if your a kid and go to cruises, and have one of those uiterly pointless 'Big Woofer' sound systems, you might get plods attention.
I don't see why you drive a Cooper S if you don't drive it fast?
 

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I don't see why you drive a Cooper S if you don't drive it fast?
I drive a Cooper S and am not in the habit of speeding either. It's quick I like (quick off the line, and quick round the bends), not necessarily high top speeds. I often get buzzed by all sorts of junk and boring cars going 90+ down dual carraigeways. Not my idea of fun.

And track days are fun and allow you to really test your car (even if you don't stay on the track, but that's another story)....

:)
 

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Paul Mullett said:
I drive a Cooper S and am not in the habit of speeding either. It's quick I like (quick off the line, and quick round the bends), not necessarily high top speeds. I often get buzzed by all sorts of junk and boring cars going 90+ down dual carraigeways. Not my idea of fun.

And track days are fun and allow you to really test your car (even if you don't stay on the track, but that's another story)....

:)

Nail on the head Paul, as usual.

StilltheWizz.... My Cooper S Works has all the power needed on UK roads, as does a Mini One D. It also has monster brakes that slow it down nicely, when on track.... as it will be again this Wednesday...

Paul, spinning of a track only means you were actually pushing the limits of car and driver skill... which is surely the point... not driving like 'Miss Daisy'..... stands back and waits for Max to hit 50,000ft.... :D
 

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My wife has just had her cars windows tinted front as well, I think as the law stands the police can issue you with a warning to get the front tints removed within a week or something the guys who tinted my wifes car will remove free of charge if this happens as part of there service.
 

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My MINI dealer is still planning to tint the front passenger windows for me - I asked them a few weeks ago if it was legal and they said yes. If I get problems I will of course be back to the dealer for them to sort it out ;-)
 

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Paul Mullett said:
I drive a Cooper S and am not in the habit of speeding either. It's quick I like (quick off the line, and quick round the bends), not necessarily high top speeds. I often get buzzed by all sorts of junk and boring cars going 90+ down dual carraigeways. Not my idea of fun.

And track days are fun and allow you to really test your car (even if you don't stay on the track, but that's another story)....

:)
Generaly the cars that do want a race and r trying to get you into one by doing things like hinting and reving, they have crap, slow top and bad round corners. You see these people in the spoofed up suburu Imprezas reving and stuff, but wat you dont know it that is has the basic engine which i think is a standard 1.6 like the Mini. Basicly they have a false extention on there... How do I put this privates. ( do I make scence, I get people wanting a race and they speed off and i just move to the slow lane)..
 
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