Details of the Supreme Court of India’s Ruling on Tinted Glass in Four-Wheelers in India

According to the Central Motor Vehicle Rules- 1989, the glasses of windscreen and rear windows of vehicles should have a visual light transmission of 70 percent and for side windows it should be at least 50 percent.

Mr.Avishek Goenka had filed a petition in the Supreme Court of India, seeking complete ban on use of dark films on car windows, including the vehicles used by VVIPs, alleging that many crimes in cities were committed by people using such cars with tinted windows.

The petitioner, Mr.Avishek Goenka  had contended that he had 25 RTI query replies from various police stations to back his claim that many crimes, including sexual assault on women, were committed by offenders who used cars with tinted glasses to evade public gaze and conceal their identity.

On the above plea seeking complete ban on dark films in car windows, the Supreme Court of India ordered for enforcement of the ban on tinted glass on four-wheelers except factory fitted w.e.f.4th May 2012.

So, all the ‘dark films’, irrespective of visibility level of 70%/50% fixed through car accessories stores stand banned now

However, the Supreme Court Bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia had made it clear that tinted glass can be used in vehicles of government officials for security purposes and asked the state governments to frame guidelines regarding this.

The present Chief Justice of India -Altamas Kabir (From 29th Septmeber 2012) has expressed his opinion that the Delhi -Gangrape could have been prevented if the above Supreme Court  order on tinted glasses was strictly followed and it is unfortunate that laws are not implemented until something bad happens in India.

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11 years ago

I Agree with the ruling to ban DARK tints from cars. You should first start with the politician's cars, coz what's good for the goose is good for the gander. The Bombay police are SPECIFICALLY targeting single female drivers in red cars, it seems, as there were 4 red cars ONLY that had been pulled up, with single female drivers! My car has a tint of 35% on the side n rear windows, and you can see clearly into the car. In spite of this, the cops have "caught" me 3 times! I travel extensively, alone in my car on various expressways and highways, during the hottest part of the day, and evening. WHAT ABOUT OUR SECURITY AND HEALTH??? Or do we not warrant the same consideration as the politicians who have 20 cars and 100 bodyguards following them? Coming to health issues. It is a well known fact that the UV rays that are generated throughout the day, are known to cause skin cancer, in extended periods of exposure. Is the supreme court going to pay for any health issues that we suffer? I don't think that this judgement has been well thought out. A blanket ban is just as wrong as complete anarchy.