We Will Regulate Car Tint – Orbos

The Metro Manila Development Authority or MMDA will begin regulating the kind of window tints cars are allowed to use in the metropolis. The regulation will come out in the first quarter of 2018 or maybe as early as February says Department of Transportation Undersecretary for Roads Thomas Orbos.

14,000 plus cars with heavy tint plied the HOV lane making it difficult to apprehend them. 

According to Orbos, they were just waiting for the final recommendation of the Technical Working Group on what type of tint to be used and grade and level of masking allowed to cover the interior of a motor vehicle.

The different grades of a car tint and how much you can see inside. (photo from 3M)

In an earlier Autocar PH interview with Celine Pialago, spokesperson for MMDA, she revealed that the biggest obstruction to the enforcement of the High Occupancy Vehicle Lane (HOV lane) during its dry run, or any traffic rule enforcement for that matter, were cars and SUV’s that had heavy tints.

Orbos said during the weeklong test run of the HOV lane, over 14,000 motor vehicles that ran on the restricted express lane were heavily tinted which made it impossible for the enforcers to check if the passengers were complying with the 2 or more persons in a car rule on an HOV lane.

DOTr USec. Tim Orbos will come out with regulations covering vehicle tint by the 1st quarter of 2018. (photo from MMDA)

He said that when they come out with the order in the first quarter of 2018 on what kind, grade and level of tint can be used on our roads, he expects motorists to comply.

Window tints that block the view of the interior of a car used to be illegal.

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