Tinted window law not tough enough

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 April, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 April, 2002, 12:00am

I must take issue with the letter by Walter Foo, for Commissioner for Transport, headlined 'Dark-glass regulations are enforced' which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on March 30.

Every time I drive I always come across vehicles with darkened windows. Why? Simply because there exists a loophole in the law. If a driver with tinted windows on his car is told to present it for inspection by police, he can simply install clear glass for the purposes of the inspection. Or he can stick on tinted plastic sheets which are peeled off prior to the inspection.

The rules are obviously not strict enough and these car owners do not seem to care that the offending vehicle's licence could be cancelled by the Commissioner for Transport. I am not blaming the police. It is very difficult, especially at night, for them to calculate the light transmission rate of a specific car window.

The only way this practice is going to be stamped out is if all vehicle glass tinting is banned. Any offending vehicle would be towed away and impounded and heavy fines would be imposed.

How much longer do we have to endure the sight of maniacs driving recklessly, knowing they cannot be identified because they have darkened windows?