Only tint films with Malaysia Standard stamp allowed from Jan 1
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.