How dark can my vehicle’s window tint be?

It’s important to know how dark your tint is allowed to be as the penalty for using too dark a tint is hefty and avoidable. It’s hefty because a driver can be ticketed for each wrongly tinted window (instead of just being ticketed once for the entire vehicle). Take this local news story as an example. The driver was issued 5 tickets for each of the allegedly heavily tinted windows on his vehicle requiring him to pay a whopping $10,000TT fine within 2 weeks.

How dark your tint is allowed to be is subjective as there is no specific measurement of darkness stated in the legislation.

According to section 23(1)(d) of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act:

“No motor vehicle the windscreen or any other window of which is fitted with glass so tinted, treated or darkened as to obscure the view of the inside of the vehicle from the outside shall be used upon any road.”

This means that once it is the opinion of the officer that your tint obscures the view of the inside of the vehicle from the outside then your tint is too dark.

A person with too dark a tint on their vehicle is liable to a fine of $2000.00TT for each wrongly tinted window according to item no. 61 in the First Schedule of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic (Enforcement and Administration) Act.

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