Too Much Tint Can Result In Car SeizureJuly 16th, 2014 by Casey Flores
Tint on your car windows that exceeds Bermuda regulations could now justify police seizure of your vehicle.
The provisionis part of the Motor Car Amendment Act 2014 and is a matter of safety, one Bermuda Alliance Senator Nalton Brangman, junior minister of tourism development and transport, told the Senate, according to The Royall Gazette.
Current Bermuda regulations state that back windows of cars must let in at least 30 percent of light and front windows must let in 35 percent.
The bill’s official language regarding window tint is as follows:
“A police officer may seize a motor vehicle and drive it to or have it towed to, and impounded at, a pound in circumstances where the motor vehicle is being driven with unauthorized tinted film, sunshading material or other coloured material affixed to windscreen or window.”
The House Assemblyman responsible for the bill was the Honorable Shawn Crockwell.
While Senator Diallo Rabain of the Progressive Labour Party had no “major objection” to the bill, he expressed a concern he had regarding its enforcement.
“What happens when your car has been impounded for illegal tint and it turns out that the tint is illegal? What is the recourse for the driver’s costs and inconvenience?” he said in the Royall Gazette article.
Clevie Simmons, a 17-year window tinting veteran and owner of Auto Star Ltd. in Pembroke, Bermuda, also has concerns.
“I don’t think it’s a good thing … Because we’re only 22 square miles, this has a much more public impact [than in the United States]. In Bermuda, it’s not possible for an owner to own more than one vehicle,” so owners could lose their only form of transportation, he says.
“Also what I’ve found is the police meters [that gauge the tint percentage] have been wrong because they don’t calibrate them as often as they should. So because a meter is not calibrated someone can have the vehicle impounded.”
Robert Wheatley, owner of Tint Masters in Hamilton, Bermuda, echoes Simmons’ sentiments.
“I think it’s absolutely insane for multiple reasons … They don’t consult with the people in the window film industry … I don’t believe it’s a good way of handling things,” he says.
Despite these concerns, the bill passed House, the Senate, and according to Shernette Wolffe, clerk to the House Assembly, is “certain” to have been signed by the Governor and is now Bermuda law.