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Cars using non-approved Sun Films to be fined under Motor Vehicles Act from May: Supreme Court

New Delhi, April 28, 2012: Supreme Court of India has remarked that the use of tinted glass beyond permissible limit in cars and other passenger vehicles in punishable as per the Motor Vehicles Act.

As per the MV act the sun films installed on the glasses of cars should have a minimum visual light transmission (VLT) of 70% on the front and rear windshields and 50% for the side windows. As per the directions made by the Supreme Court bench consisting of Chief Justice S H Kapadia and Justices A K Patnaik and Swatanter Kumar, a deadline of May 4, 2012 has been set for abiding the existing rule.

The decision came on a PIL filed by Avishek Goenka, who had complained that cars with black film on window panes were being increasingly used for crimes against women.

The current penalty for using tinted glass with darkness beyond the permissible limit is Rs 100. However there is no visible method to rate the percentage of visual light transmission (VLT) in the cars.

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