Window Tinting

Enhance your vehicles appearance whilst also protecting the interior from harmful UV rays. Tints also offer security and privacy for your vehicle from prying eyes.

Window tint is a film applied to the glass inside your vehicle which limits the amount of light that can get through.

The UK Law for tinted front windscreens and front side windows depend on when the vehicle was first used, as such there are no rules for tinting the rear windscreen or rear passenger windows. The UK Law states that vehicles first used on 1st April 1985 and later, the front windscreen must let at least 75% of light through and the front side windows must let at least 70% of light through. Older vehicles pre 1985 the front windscreen and front side windows must both let at least 70% of light through. See our Light Percentages Infographic for further information about light percentages.

Window Tinting also has many more benefits.

Improves the aesthetics of your vehicle

Protects you and your passengers in the event of an accident

Deters 'Smash & Grab' thieves

Reduces glare

Blocks up to 99% of harmful UV rays

Reduces heat transfer

Economises your air conditioning performance

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Did You Know? Window Tinting has many benefits for homeowners and business owners too!

Create privacy or block out the harmful UV rays, get in touch to see how Window Tinting for your home or business can help you.

 

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Safety

 

Window Tinting can not only help with enhancing your vehicles appearance but it has an important safety aspect too.

In the event of an accident, or attempted break in, the strong adhesive on the window tint can hold the broken glass together preventing it from shattering.

Window Tints act as a deterrent to 'Smash & Grab' thieves, after all if they can not see into your vehicle there is nothing to tempt them, essential if you have expensive sound equipment in your vehicle or child seats .

Comfort

 

Create a more comfortable interior, especially useful if you have small children in the rear of the vehicle. Window Tinting film reduces the amount of heat entering the vehicle therefore reducing the strain on air conditioning units in the summer months and reducing your fuel bills.

The tint also reduces glare into the vehicle keeping your passengers happy.

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Protection

As well as comfort, Window Tints offer a wealth of protection too.

Our films help reduce up to 99% of harmful UV rays. Although the sun has many health benefits such as increasing vitamin D in our bodies it also can contribute to skin aging and cancer. Our quality window films reduce the damaging effects of UV rays on your vehicles interior too such as fading of plastics and materials. 

As mentioned above the safety aspects help with protection in the event of an accident or attempted break in too.

Light Percentages For Tinting

Window Tint Light Percentages - AutoSkin

So, what is legal and what isn't?

In reality no tints on the front of a vehicle are technically 'legal'.

The UK law states that a vehicles front windscreen and front side windows should allow 70% light transmission.

If buying a new car ensure it is a UK specification model as many manufacturers around the world do sell cars with 65-68% light transmission! An Enforcement Policy was agreed between the Department for Transport and The Glass and Glazing Federation to ensure that all vehicle owners that have had tints applied in the past may be dealt with fairly. This applies in particular where the infringement is with respect to tints that do not pose a significant threat to Road Safety, despite being in contravention with the amended Regulations.

What does this mean for me?

If your driving along and are stopped by the police, the law is 70%, however any window film above 30% should only be ordered to be removed and maybe a statutory £30 fine will be issued. Any windows measured below 30% will be classed as 'a dangerous vehicle' and your vehicle can be immediately taken away, leaving you with the impound costs and no vehicle to get you home! 

In some cases you can even be prosecuted for driving 'a dangerous vehicle' and given a hefty fine and 3 points on your licence.

Is it worth it? As well as a fine and points on your licence if you was to be involved in an accident where visibilty becomes a contributory factor then your insurance will be invalid too leaving you in even bigger trouble!

 
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