The Philippine National Police (PNP) will soon go after cars with heavy tints. Hot off the heels of its crackdown of sirens and blinkers, the PNP notes that the purpose of this campaign is to instill discipline in motorists to follow the law. 

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde explained that Republic Act (RA) 10913, the Anti Distracted Driving Act, and RA 8750, the Seat Belts Use Act, are violated when heavy tint is applied to the windshields and windows of cars.

We are mandated to enforce laws on road safety, yet, there are heavily tinted cars on the streets and we are wondering why these are being allowed, how can policemen, or traffic enforcers, know that the drivers, for instance, are using cellular phones while driving or they are using seat belts if the windshields and windows are heavily-tinted?,

The official said that discussions were already made with the Department of Transportation (DOTr). The PNP signed a memorandum of agreement with the DOTr and other government agencies to enhance the capabilities of the Inter-Agency Council for traffic (I-ACT). I-ACT was created to conduct operations that decongest traffic flow, anti-colorum operations, and strict enforcement of traffic laws and rules and regulations. 

The agreement will require the PNP-Highway Patrol Group (HPG) to be granted with more manpower in order to address traffic in the Metro.  

Specifications for the dark tint have not yet been specified. As to how dark the tint on your car may be, it remains to be seen, as no guidelines have yet been released by the PNP regarding its standard operating procedures when catching dark tint users. As it stands, however, as long as an enforcer can see the driver in the car, no action will be taken.We advise to take a look at your automobile’s tint and check for visibility from the outside. If nothing can be seen, it is likely that the PNP will flag you down. 

Source: Manila Bulletin 

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