Things to know about tinted windows and lamps in your vehicle

tinted glasses and lamps

Great! Another article in the #ThingsToKnow series of post ūüôā

Following the increasing number of fatal road accidents, the police has recently announced that they are reinforcing their presence on our roads, especially by multiplying vehicle checkpoints. These operations are meant to control both drivers and vehicles by ensuring that they are compliant to existing laws and regulations. For example, the driver is holding a valid driving licence and the vehicle is in good running conditions with valid insurance and road fitness certificates. The police has also warned the public that they will be more strict towards those not following existing regulations regarding window tinting and lights fitted on vehicles.

Because of the inefficient usage of the media (and more particularly the national television) to create an awareness campaign, I sent a message to the official Facebook Police Page a few days ago. I was pleasantly surprised with their rapid response and helpful hand to get through the correct channel (more precisely, the Traffic Branch) in order to gather the necessary information I needed to write on this specific blog post.

Disclaimer : I am neither a lawyer nor a law enforcement officer. Everything in this post has been written from information I gathered by phone and also, through available online documents. I have also used my personal experience and knowledge wherever needed. Since nothing is official, you should not base on the post to make any assumptions or to challenge any police officer (lol). If you need further and precise information regarding the topic, please get the help of the police, any other authorized officer or a lawyer.

Tinted glasses in vehicles

tinted

You probably know already that different tinting levels are accepted depending on whether the tinting was done for the front side windows, rear side windows and rear windshield. But what I write below might shock you.

Materials used

Plastic or any other materials covering windows and windscreens are forbidden!

Correct me if I’m wrong but all windows tinting done in Mauritius are¬†hence illegal because they all use plastic films. It is very easy to recognize them because anyone can tear them off (or scratch them) from the inside of the vehicle.

tinted law

The only legal tinted windows in vehicles might be those with a factory tint. I’m hereby referring to¬†those vehicles which are tinted directly in their¬†manufacturing industries through a¬†special process without the use of any films.

Amount of tinting permitted

percentage tint

Coming to the percentage of light that the tinting allows to pass through, the Visible Light Transmission (VLT) is the term used worldwide. A high amount of VLT means that the glass allows a maximum amount of light to enter while a low VLT  means that most light is blocked.

Here’s what the law says regarding the amount of light :

18. Safety glass and safety glazing :

(5) (a) Subject to subparagraph (b), the glass of the front windscreen and windows of every motor vehicle shall have a visual transmission of light of not less than 75 per cent when measured perpendicular to the surface in accordance with the procedure specified in the operating manual of such device as may be prescribed.

In simpler terms :

  • Front :¬†In Mauritius, front side windows should have no less than 75%¬†VLT, meaning that the tint should allow at least 75% of light to enter the vehicle.
  • Rear :¬†There’s no restriction. In fact, the law does not regulate the use of tints (whether plastic material or factory-tint) in the rear side windows or rear windshield.

World-wide practice

It is good to know that practically no country (or perhaps none) allows 100% tinting for front side windows of any vehicles mainly because of traffic hazards. For example, in the United Kingdom, front side windows can have no less than 70% VLT while in Italy, tinting is legal only for rear windows and rear windshield.

Lamps

lamps

Now, let’s come to the second interesting part concerning the lights at the front and rear of your vehicle. ¬†I believe that the extracts quoted below are pretty straight-forward and simple to understand.

Number of lamps

Let’s go :

103. Requirements for lighting

(4) Where a motor vehicle equipped with headlamps is also equipped with any other lamp on its front, no person shall drive the vehicle with more than 4 lamps lighted at the same time.

(5) No person shall light a fog lamp or lamps unless road visibility is reduced to less than 100 meters.

In order to understand the above paragraph, here’s the definition¬†of head lamp in our law¬†:

“head lamp” means a lamp, other than a fog lamp, used to illuminate the road in front of a motor vehicle;

fog lights

In regards to the number of lamps permitted, it is interesting to note that some vehicles have either one set up of lights as described below :

  • A¬†single headlamp on each side.
    This headlamp can¬†emit both¬†main and dipped beam of light, commonly called “full” and “dim” in creole)
  • A pair of lamps on each side
    The main and dipped beam of light are emitted by two separate lamps

The officer of the Traffic Branch explained to me that as long as the main and dipped sources of light are made up in the same unit, there no need to no worry as the police may count this pair as one unit only.  I have the impression that this might be the case for vehicles having separate smaller front position lamps / parking lamps / standing lamps.

Which color?

colors

Now, the colors :

color of lights as per the law

 

Daytime running lights (DRL)

Led lights

The Daytime Running Lamps are those lights which are automatically on when the ignition key of the vehicle is turned on. They are sometimes dedicated lights, sometimes in the form of LED strips or in some models, the dipped lamp automatically emits a beam of lower intensity. While the usage of DRL is not regulated in Mauritius yet, it is interesting to note that some countries require that DRL should be on all vehicles or certain type of vehicles.

Summing up

I will do it point-wise:

  • If your vehicle has a plastic (or made with any other material) film on the front-side windows, you are committing an offence, irrespective of the percentage of tint.
  • You can do window tinting (with plastic or any other material) for your rear-side windows or windshield without any restriction.
  • You can’t use any other light except than white (for headlamps, fogs, license plate) and amber / yellow for your hazard lights in the front of your vehicle
  • You can’t use any other light except than red (brake lights) or amber¬†(hazard lights) or white (licence plate) at the rear of your vehicle
  • You can’t switch on your lamps (headlamps or fog lights) unless road visibility is less than 100m.
  • You can have a maximum of 4 lamps (excluding fog lights) at the front of your vehicle.
  • Licence plate numbers of the type K-2000 or decorative lights are not allowed.

I believe that everything above seems fair except the prohibited usage of plastic films for tinting front side windows. The existing law seems to privilege only those who can afford paying huge amount of money for a factory-tint of the front-side windows at the time of purchase of their vehicle. However, if you have plastic film tints on your front side windows, I advise you to remove them before being unnecessarily bothered and sanctioned by the Police. As for the regulations regarding lights, I totally feel that the existing framework is good enough.

Everything now lies in the hands of the authorities (Police and NTA) because without a strict law enforcement, the number of vehicles with colored and blinding light beams are increasing considerably on our roads.

Thank you for keeping tuned to the blog ūüėČ

Cheers,

Yashvin

Sources :

  • http://roadsafety.govmu.org/English/Legislation/Pages/default.aspx
  • http://dpp.govmu.org/English/Documents/Legislation/ROAD%20TRAFFIC.pdf
  • http://roadsafety.govmu.org/English/Documents/Road%20Safety/Legislations/construction.pdf
  • http://roadsafety.govmu.org/English/Documents/Road%20traffic%20Act%20Updated.pdf
  • http://roadsafety.govmu.org/English/Documents/Road%20Safety/Legislations/fines.pdf

 

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  • Tushal

    White lights in front? o.O

  • Despite that it looks yellowish, it is still called white.

  • Lollipop

    Re explik sa trucj full dim et fog la. Mo pan compren

  • Si dans to machine, to ena 1 sel unit ki donne full phare et dim, li compte 1 lamp
    Mais meme si dans to machine, to ena 2 units, ene la dans full et lot la dim, li toujours compte 1 lamp.

    La police pas tire l’aile lo sa akoz sak model loto cpv servi 1 system entre les 2 ki mone expliker. Parseki ena dimounes croire ki kant to ena 2 lampoules ( 1 dim et lot full), zot ena tendance compte li comme 2 lampoules separer.

  • Lollipop

    Ok merci. Donc mo kv allume dim, full ek fog et pa ggn lamende?

  • Exactement. Oken problem pas pu ena akoz fog pas compter. Mais si to allume to phare ou fog lajournee, kant visibility top, la li ene contravention.

  • Rayyan Atwaroo

    Nou pa gagn droit met Aucun film tint dan loto

  • Pas gagne droit lo bane vitres devant. Derriere, la loi pas precise narien.

  • shahgaria .

    i hold a car accessories shop doing window tinting for almost 15 yrs now!!
    indeed window tinting(level of vlt) must be controlled especially for front door..but i strongly believe due to our country being a tropical island with a torrid summer, a 50% VLT level would be most welcome and reasonable enough to allowed..as for back i would suggest 20% VLT as the peak that can be allowed….am telling so basing myself merely on ground of comfort and protection against sun/heat!!

  • Thanks for your comment shahgaria ?.?

    I totally second what you said. While driving to office today, I was nearly tanned and burnt! (Exaggerated words but I hope that you understand my point). The best thing to do is to modify our law so that plastic film tints are allowed in front rear-side windows, as it is the case for other countries. Btw, there’s no restriction for the rear, vehicle owners can still legally use the films.

    Now, everything lies in the hand of the decision makers.

  • salmaan

    Eski hid ggn droit. Si mo alume mo fog hid. Ek mo loup hid. Ek dans phare la ena so led . Contravention.?? Merci

  • Pour commencer, a seki mo comprend, pena oken provision pu la limiere LED dans nu la loi. Next, en parlant de HID, mo ena impression ki seulement bane HID pli tigit ki 6000k ki autoriser. Ou 8000k, mo nepli rapel.

    Cependant, comme mone ekrire, Fog lights li pas compte comme bane lamps ki servi dans phare (dim ou full). Mais attention, la loi aussi dir ki si to phare (HID ou non) li aveugler bane lezot soffers, li ene contravention.
    Mo esperer mone repond to question, indirectement.

  • Tish

    En parlant du fait que les phares peuvent aveugler les usagers de la route, ne serait-il pas temps d’inclure une v√©rification des r√©glages des phares lors des ‘fitness’? En France c’est un point v√©rifi√© lors des contr√īles techniques… D’ailleurs , sans en faire une g√©n√©ralit√© bien s√Ľr, c’est souvent les voitures ‘tunn√©es’ qui ont des phares qui aveuglent, les voitures √©quip√©es avec des phares x√©non d’origine ont toujours un correcteur automatique d‚Äôassiette + des laves phares ūüôā

  • Salut.
    Je pense que tr√®s probablement, il n’y a pas d’√©quipement pour effectuer ce contr√īle dans les centres existants mais cependant, avec la privatisation des centres de fitness, le processus de contr√īle allait √™tre automatis√©. Dommage que le projet a √©t√© abandonn√© pour l’instant.

  • Akash GG

    Nice recap.
    One stupid question: Who will enforce these?
    One improvement over this nice topic would be: what about those who LIKE tweaking their headlights to make their vehicle look like “one eye semi-off and the other eye 200% FULL” – From my personal experience, I have to drive with tilted central mirror all the time after sunset because about 60% of vehicles are fitted with headlights which are tilted too high.
    This is not involuntary, from observing these peoples’ way of driving: too fast for the road conditions prevailing at dusk (lower visibility, bad road markings, many pedestrians heading home, etc), or too slow meaning that their eyesight could be troublesome (remember, Dodoland is a record-holder in the percentage of diabetes in its population…), so they need to have above-average headlight power to suit their own shortcomings.
    At the expense of other road-users of course, this goes without saying, me first, me first me first!

  • I believe that these technical details might have been verified by the private fitness examination centres since automated and modern equipment were going to be used but unfortunately,the project got abandoned by the lepep government.

  • Akash GG

    Good boy.
    Exactly what the bien-elve, common-sense, good citizen will rationally think.
    But Sir, we live in Dodoland, where institutions put in your hands their jobs – go find a speedometer for your motorbike when the dealer no longer imports them for ages, go find a BS-accredited number plate when dozens of plate manufacturers will provide you with non-accredied types for the price of accredited types, go find fire extinguishers that comply with safety principles when dozens of importers will peddle you with the non-conforming types, go find the fluorescent jackets to be worn during the day when the importers will sell you the ones applicable to construction sites, and so on, etc, etc, you know where these are leading you to…
    I reformulate the question then: who will enforce the law/regulations at koltar-level, where the laboratory conditions are not available, where lives are immediately at risk, where the cops will tell you to report it to the police station nearest to the alleged offence, and where you will be given consideration only if you “know someone” or someone has already lost limb / life.
    And everyday, the kachak-tcharlies keep rolling out of NTA’s labs proudly bearing their renwed fitness certificates…
    Sorry, I’ll stop now.

  • True.

  • R.K.G

    donc DRL allowed? puvi li blanc? apres mon tand dir windshild, kav met 10 cm sipa ki lao net, vre sa?

  • Weps. DRL not regulated.

  • R.K.G

    ok i guess the color is restricted to white or amber though, what about angle eyes in some car? a friend had to have it removed after an encounter with a traffic officer. he was not fined though

  • You are right for the color as all lights in front should be white / yellowish except for hazard lights which are orange. Any other color of light is forbidden (for example red or blue steady / flashing lights )
    As for Angel lights, I haven’t heard of any restriction as such. Any idea what the officer told him?

  • R.K.G

    i guess since the angle eye were red and red was forbidden in front, that was the real issue. so my friend told him its from the origin and this was accepted by the police.

  • Genuine red angel eyes? Never seen till now unfortunately.

  • R.K.G

    it was not d’origin ( i mean came with the car not added later ) it was from ebay but it was enough to confuse the police

  • Nitish Gowrydoss

    Lamière par devant bizin coulèr blanc ?

  • Mo croire bien, d’apres seki ine ekrire.

  • Akash GG

    So the current tik-tiker is just a preview of things to come, eh?

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  • VV Commander

    Gagne droit met underglow?

  • Difficile repond akoz mo pas koner meme ki eter sa lol.

  • Javed

    Film tint plastic allowed lor front windshield (sa bar pou soleil la)?
    Et si oui, ki longeur li allowed? Top to bottom. Thnx

  • ?Hello.
    Mo nepli rapel, faire tellement longtemps. bisin check la loi la.?

  • Robinhood

    15 cm only is allowed for the front windshield.

  • Thanks for the reply ūüôā

  • Thierry Gentil

    Slt, mo ti envie conné si un day light led couleur bleue autorisé sa ?

  • Normally, blue lights not authorised in front. But I don’t think that the police is severe enough on our roads.

  • Thierry Gentil

    Ok thank you very much. Of course dear last night a get control they are a bit too severe. I dont understand what is the bad effect of a bleu day light on our own car.