Marcus De Guzman / AutoIndustriya.com | March 22, 2017 15:36
MMDA eyeing to regulate the use of car window tints to deter criminal activity
If you're the kind that fancies using dark window tints, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) may soon regulate its use. Recently, the government agency announced that they are seeking to regulate the use of window tints on private cars for three months.
MMDA chairman Tim Orbos claims that window tints somehow aid criminal activity. In addition, he says that some of the window tints are too dark that motorists have trouble seeing out of their vehicles.
Orbos assured that there will be no ban on the use of car window tints as they plan to introduce the recommended grade of tint. Not only that, it will also help the MMDA enforce the Anti-Distracted Driving Act (R.A. No. 10913), as well as flag down 'colorum' vehicles who are known for using heavily-tinted vehicles.
However, Orbos did say that foreign dignitaries and local government officials may be exempted from the regulation for security reasons.
The planned regulation may roll out as early as June once the MMDA, PNP-HPG and LTO agree on the proposal.
In review, the LTO already has a decade-old memorandum that regulates the use of car window tints in private cars. It was not implemented however due to strong opposition. Also, the Department of Transportation and Communications signed a memorandum circular in 1989 that would impound vehicles with dark window tints.