Only tint films with Malaysia Stan­dard stamp al­lowed from Jan 1

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PU­TRA­JAYA: From Jan 1, only tint films with the Malaysia Stan­dard 2669:2017 stamp are al­lowed to be used on new ve­hi­cles.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said this af­ter launch­ing the first stan­dard test for tint films here yes­ter­day.

Dubbed the “Malaysian Ve­hi­cle Tint Film Stan­dard­i­s­a­tion” mech­a­nism, it is to im­prove safety.

Liow said the mech­a­nism was the first of its kind in the coun­try and re­gion to re­solve dis­crep­an­cies in iden­ti­fy­ing tint films that did not com­ply with reg­u­la­tions.

Malaysian In­sti­tute of Road Safety Re­search (Miros) di­rec­tor­gen­eral Pro­fes­sor Dr Wong Shaw Voon said good-qual­ity tint films would pre­vent view dis­tor­tion.

Cit­ing in­fe­rior tint films that pro­duced bub­bles un­der in­tense heat, he said it was dan­ger­ous for drivers.

“When such tint films de­grade by turn­ing yel­low­ish, it will af­fect our view. It is like our spec­ta­cles. When the lens de­grade, it re­sults in not-so-clear vi­sion.”

Wong said tint films should not be too dark and in ac­cor­dance with per­mit­ted lev­els.

He said the stan­dard­i­s­a­tion test for ve­hi­cle tint films could pre­vent dis­putes.

“When there are dif­fer­ent ap­pa­ra­tuses used to mea­sure the (tinted) lev­els, it can con­trib­ute to in­ac­cu­rate read­ings.”

Ear­lier, Liow said the author­i­ties would take ac­tion against those who failed to com­ply with the per­mis­si­ble lev­els.

The Road Trans­port Depart­ment has set the al­lowed per­cent­age rate for tint at 70 per cent for rear wind­screen and rear pas­sen­ger win­dows, 50 per cent for the driver and front pas­sen­ger win­dow and 30 per cent for the front wind­shield.

Us­ing a Quick Re­sponse Code (QR Code) se­cu­rity la­bel af­fixed to the wind­shield, author­i­ties can scan it to de­tect whether the light trans­mis­sion level of the film com­plies with the re­quire­ments.

The QR Code will have other in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing the prod­uct brand, ve­hi­cle’s make and model, chas­sis num­ber and time of in­stal­la­tion of the prod­uct.

On ve­hi­cles that had in­stalled tint films with­out the QR Code la­bel, Liow said own­ers could check their tinted win­dows and wind­screens at the Com­put­erised Ve­hi­cle In­spec­tion Cen­tre (Pus­pakom) or at shops sell­ing tint films that were reg­is­tered with Auto Au­dio, Ac­ces­sories and Air-Con­di­tion Traders Ass­so­ci­a­tion (AAA).

Only AAA-reg­is­tered out­lets can is­sue the QR Code la­bel and its is­suance is ex­pected to be made avail­able for new cars start­ing next year.

Aside from the author­i­ties, con­sumers can down­load mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions to scan the QR Code to find out whether a prod­uct is gen­uine and meets re­quire­ments.

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