How to pass the NCT with tinted windows
Worried about failing the NCT because of your window tints?Recently failed the NCT? At TINT IT we provide a service of removing illegal tint films and re-applying a legal tint to your windows.
What is window tinting? Vehicles can be modified for various reasons - some vehicles are modified even before they are registered. For example, someone can convert a four-wheel drive passenger vehicle into a commercial vehicle by removing the back seats and safety belts. Work on a vehicle which affects the safety and/or handling of a vehicle e.g. brakes, steering, suspension etc. must be to a minimum standard and comply with the law.
Other modifications are cosmetic – to personalise a car and make it different to others of its type. Common ones include rear spoilers and side trim, adapted exhausts, car wraps and darkened windows.
Section 62 of the NCT Manual (2014) deals with vehicle modifications. This section provides more guidance on the modifications which require a modifications report.
Excessively tinted windscreens or front side windows present a significant safety hazard for vehicle drivers and their occupants. Visibility is greatly reduced, particularly for night time driving and at times of low light. There are also enforcement issues for An Garda Síochána in regard to driver recognition, the detection of driving offences e.g. holding a mobile phone while driving, and other criminal activity.
If the NCT vehicle inspector deems that the windscreen or front side windows are excessively tinted the level of light transmission of the window will be tested. The glass in the windscreen and front side windows will be required to have a light transmission level of not less than 65% in order to pass the NCT test. The window visibility must not be greater than 35%. Unfortunately the National Car Testing Regulations do not allow for any exemptions in this regard.
The films tend to be quite easily removed and replaceable with a compliant film which would block UVA light and meet the requirement of not less than 65% light transmission. There is no limit to the visibility level in the rear window and rear side windows.
TINT IT is a window tinting & car wrapping company in Sandyford South Dublin.
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