If you drive a car manufactured recently, then chances are you have tinted windows. Tinted windows are one of the most common features across all car varieties. In fact, window tinting is one of the most common aftermarket additions to cars in Australia. It just goes to show: we love our window tinting! And it’s no surprise really – window tinting can improve the comfort, privacy, and looks of your car. But it’s also regulated and if your window tinting breaches those regulations, you may be fined. In some cases, your car may even be deemed unroadworthy. Then there’s windscreen tinting – that’s a whole new ball game. So let’s take a look at what you really need to know about windscreen tinting.
Window tinting is common, but the rules are different for windscreen tints
Because it’s so common, most people are pretty familiar with the rules of window tinting. But it’s a common mistake to think that those rules are the same for windscreen tinting. Window tinting on the driver’s and passenger’s front windows can have a light transmittance factor of just 35%. If the vehicle has rear vision mirrors on each side, the rear passengers’ windows can have light transmittance factors of just 20%. But if you applied those rules to windscreens, the driver’s visibility simply would not be sufficient. In other words, it would be dangerous. So what windscreen tinting is permissible? Let’s take a look below.
Windscreen tints cannot be done using tinting films in Queensland
Windscreens can actually be manufactured from tinted glass. And as long as the tint has a light transmittance factor of 70% for cars built before 1971 and 75% for later models, windscreen tinting is fine. That really highlights the effect of tinting on visibility, when you compare it to the tinting requirements of side windows. However, there is an important distinction to make between tinted glass, and tinting films. Most aftermarket tinting jobs are done with tinting films, and those films are not allowed on windscreens. So even if it meets the light transmittance requirements, windscreen tinting with film is illegal.
Does that mean you can’t enjoy the benefits of windscreen tints? Not necessarily – here’s why
Luckily, there’s another way to get your windscreen tinting done legally: windscreen replacements. If you have an older car without windscreen tinting, you can have its windscreen replaced with one made from tinted glass. This is a unique variety of glass that has a tinting compound within it. So it’s not tinted using tinting films, and therefore offers more consistent visibility. Basically, it’s less prone to bubbles and scratches.
It’s important to remember that windscreen tinting rules differ in each state
So far, we have taken a look at some of the specific regulations governing windscreen tinting. Hopefully, these have given you a good idea of what you can and can’t do. But there’s still more research to go. First, you need to confirm which windscreen and window tinting rules apply to your vehicle in particular. Then, you need to research how these regulations differ from state to state. Each state has its own road rules, and these extend to windscreen tinting. So before you embark on any interstate road trips, make sure you know the rules!
Windscreen tints are legal in Queensland, but only if they meet certain requirements
To summarise, windscreen tints are perfectly legal in Queensland – provided you do it right. That means home windscreen tints are pretty much out of the question. So where can you go to get your windscreen tinting done legally and professionally? To the professionals, of course!
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