PETALING JAYA: The kinks have been ironed out, new equipment has arrived and a minor adjustment in law is now in the works. Then, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) will go on a nationwide blitz against cars with heavily-tinted windscreens and windows.
The JPJ have acquired new light transmission measuring meters that can be used even at night.
However, they are awaiting a minor amendment to the law governing tinted windscreens before the crackdown.
“Once the amendment is done and endorsed by the Transport Minister, we will conduct the operations nationwide,” JPJ director-general Datuk Ahmad Mustapha Abdul Rashid told The Star.
He said the JPJ had bought 150 Autolight Plus meters from Melbourne-based Autotest Products Pte Ltd. They took delivery of the equipment, worth about RM1mil, from the Australian company last month.
Unlike the previous light transmission meters, the new device has its own light source that can calculate the light penetration level through tinted glass even at night.
“This means we can carry out the operations round-the-clock,” he said.
He said the JPJ would come down hard on owners whose cars have heavily tinted windscreens and windows.
He said in the last four years, JPJ had scaled down such operations and there were many vehicles on the road with heavily tinted windscreens and windows.
“Heavily-tinted windscreens and windows can pose a hazard to other road-users, especially during rainy days or at night. Hopefully, these motorists will be wise enough to remove the heavy tint from their windscreens before we act against them,” Ahmad Mustapha said.
Under the Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Certain Types of Glass) Rules 1991, the level of light penetration should be at least 70% in the front windscreen and 50% on the rear windscreen and side windows.
Car owners face a RM300 fine if the tint is too dark.
The rules can be relaxed on VIP vehicles and those with official exemptions, such as for safety or health reasons. To be eligible for an exemption, car owners need to obtain an official letter from JPJ.
Autotest Products export manager Paul King said their device, which had been in the market for the last two years, is used by the police forces, road transport regulators and garages in Australia, the South Pacific islands, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Indonesia and Singapore.
By EDDIE CHUA
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