Window Tinting NCT Guide Tips
Heavily tinted windows or front side tinted windows can present a safety hazard for vehicle drivers who are visually impaired and their occupants if not installed correctly. Visibility can be 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. Tinting of these windows must not be greater than 35%, unfortunately the National Car Testing Regulations do not allow for any exemptions in this regard.
Tint films are 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. The illegal window tint can be removed and the compliant film can be fitted by TINT IT. There is no limit on the tint level in the rear window and rear side windows.
Modifications can be made to vehicles for various reasons - some vehicles are even modified 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 and tinted windows.
Worried about your NCT or have recently failed the NCT Test? Our NCT guide deals with everything in the NCT Test and also has a section on Window Tinting. This provides more guidance on the modifications which require a modifications report.
For more information on vehicle modifications, please contact us.