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Window tinting facts & regulations

5th May '16 • By Emily Ayers

Window tinting is a stylish and smart investment any car owner in a hot, sunny destination like Australia can opt for. There are so many different shades of tinted windows available. Sometimes dark window tinting makes us ponder if there is someone important inside. This is why the darkest tints are also known as the “Celebrity Tint”. Before you choose a tint for your windscreen, make sure you do adequate research on current regulations and your personal preferences.

Ever wondered how dark you can tint your windows?


Need for Window Tinting

There are several reasons why people choose window tints. Here is a quick walk through few common reasons:

  1. A recent study showed that automated window films can boost road safety. The tints work by reducing the total amount of glare by nearly 90%.
  2. Around 80% of the heat can be attributed to untreated windows. Conversely, window tinting can reduce the total amount of heat penetrating into your vehicle. Further, tinting can reduce the need for air cooling.
  3. Tinted windows can prevent UV radiation by nearly 99%. This protects passengers from being exposed to sun damage.
  4. Window tinting increases the vehicle’s privacy.

These are some of the main reasons behind window tinting. However, there are serious restrictions on the kind of window tints you can use. Before you tint your windows, make sure you understand state specific restrictions. These restrictions are state and territory dependent. As a car owner, it is your responsibility to abide to these rules and regulations.

Rules and Regulations in Australia

If you are in Australia, make sure no additional window film is installed on the front windscreen. The only exception would be for the visor strip that runs across the top section.  The visor strip film should not cover more than 10% of the car’s windscreen

 All regulations that take care of window tinting refers to a special strategy called “Visible Light Transmission (VLT)”. This represents the amount of light that is allowed to penetrate into the car through the window film.


Few regulations in Australia would be as follows:

  1. The VLT should be at least 35% on all sides and the back windows in QLD, VIC, SA, TAS, NSW and ACT.
  2. In NT, windows that are behind the driver should have a VLT of at least 16%.
  3. In WA, windows that are behind the driver should have a VLT of at least 20%.


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