Use of window tints on vehicles may be standardized soon as the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) plans to regulate the use of window tints on private vehicles.
In a report by Inquirer.net, installing vehicle tints on car windows may be strictly regulated by the agency starting this June. This, if the MMDA, Land Transportation Office (LTO), and Philippine National Police's Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) give it a go-signal.
However, tints on car windows will not be banned. This is further explained by MMDA general manager Tim Orbos, saying that the agency will only recommend standard window tint shade. He also added that the agency is already coordinating with car manufacturers regarding the impending regulation.
Furthermore, Orbos expounded that not only will it help the PNP-HPG spot crimes inside a tinted vehicle, it will also help MMDA to properly impose the Anti-Distracted Driving Act. Also known as Republic Act No. 10913, this act prohibits the driver to use mobile devices while driving. Of note, authorities could easily apprehend those who will be violating it.
Orbos also added that with the regulation of car window tints, ‘colorum’ vehicles or those who operate without franchise will be easily flagged down by traffic constables. Even more, the agency is looking at a program that would promote ride-sharing. With this, the long-proposed ban of cars having fewer than 2 passengers could easily be enforced if the strict regulation of vehicle window tints.
In case you're unaware, the anti-tinted window is currently being imposed with a fine of P500, though it's not strictly enforced. On the other hand, Orbos made clear that government officials and foreign dignitaries may be exempted from the regulation as part of their security.