Driving vehicles on Indian roads has certain rules and regulations enforced by the Regional Transport Office RTO or by the law to ensure order is maintained and to make driving safe across the country. Any breach of the rules or law can result in a penalty or fine. Let’s take a look at the RTO rules regarding tinted glass on vehicle windows and what needs to be followed to stay within the regulation.

What is Tinted Glass on Vehicle Windows and Why are they Banned in India?

Tinted glass on vehicle windows protects under direct sunlight and prevents light from entering the vehicle. It generally keeps the vehicle cool and reduces the interior temperature of the vehicle. It further surges the effectiveness of the air-conditioning and also prevents wear and tear due to exposure to direct or heavy sunlight. Such tinted glass windows also tend to provide excessive privacy to vehicle passengers.

Tinted glass is banned on vehicle windows in India as these can easily be used for criminal activity due to excessive privacy. The use of dark glasses can also lead to a high number of road accidents. The tinted glass can even reduce the visibility of traffic police and makes it difficult for them to perform their duties. Thus, RTO encourages only sun control film so traffic rules do not get hampered and visibility is clear. It largely helps in maintaining road security and protects from accidents as well as criminal activities taking place in moving vehicles. There are many recent car manufacturers that provide RTO-approved vehicle window film that can offer the benefits of slightly tinted windows without attracting any heavy penalties.

RTO Rules for Tinted Glass on Vehicle Windows

Legally tinted glass on vehicle windows is banned in India. In case of a breach, you shall have to pay a heavy fine. For the first time, you shall be fined Rs.100 as you break the law by driving without a vehicle with window film that has been approved by the RTO. In case of repeated offences, the penalties get worse, your driving license shall be terminated and you can be served imprisonment as well.

The permissible limit of Tinted Glass in India for vehicle windows as per RTO approved sun control film is Minimum visibility of 50% on the side window glasses and Minimum visibility of 70% on the glasses in the rear and front.Although vehicle windows tint film can offer cool despite the hot sun during summers, you cannot get such alterations for your vehicle as you may be penalized by traffic police or RTO as it is legally not permissible.

Process to Remove Tinted Windows from the Vehicle

There are several ways of removing tinted glass from your vehicle windows and rear glasses.  Here are a few ways how it can be done;

  • Use of a heat gun or hair dryer.
  • Melting of the glue of tinted foil.
  • Removing the tinted foil from the vehicle window.
  • Removing the tinted glass from the vehicle using soapy water.
  • Making your vehicle windows clear, transparent and clean.

Alternatives for Tinted Glass

Due to the ban on tinted glass in India on vehicle windows and hot summers, it becomes difficult for drivers to drive their vehicles smoothly and conveniently. Seeing this challenge, many manufacturers have come up with the latest products to replace the tinted glass or sun film for vehicles. Like the ‘Dark Green UV Cut Glass’, which removes UV radiation to a great extent. They are also helpful to limit the thermal weight generated within the interiors of the vehicle. Additionally, the glass comes with 50% visibility to make it a good choice.So, if you want to use RTO-approved tinted glasses, you can opt for the black film approved by RTO for your car vehicle.

While driving in India, you need to be careful about RTO rules and make sure you function within the regulations. Too many penalties on vehicles can also affect your insurance claims. Vehicle owners with tinted windows have been denied while claiming insurance on windows with the tinted film above the limits specified by the RTO. Though it shall not affect the premium or any other aspect of your motor insurance policy.

To conclude, it is a known fact that summers in India make the insides of vehicles very hot and humid, you still have to be careful about using tinted glasses. As per RTO rules, you must use RTO-approved glass film only which has 70% visibility in the front and rear glasses of the vehicle and the windows are allowed to have 50% visibility for a clear outlook.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Let's take a look at some queries on the RTO fine for using Tinted glass on vehicles in India.

Q1. What is the fine on tinted glass for vehicles in India?

For the first time the fine on tinted glass for vehicles in India is Rs.100 and for the next repeat breach is Rs. 300. Further repeated violations can result in imprisonment and termination of driving licence as well.

Q2. Can VIPs use tinted glass on vehicles in India?

Unless you have a Z or Z+ security coverage, you cannot use dark films on your vehicle windows for security reasons.

Q3. What RTO rules are applicable to tinted glass on vehicles in India?

As per rule 100 of the Central motor vehicles regulations, 1989, specific provisions have been made regarding the use of tinted glass on vehicles in India.

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