Friday, December 10, 2010

Consequences of Driving a Car with Tinted Windows in Malaysia

This article quotes an official who gave an extensive and comprehensive write-up in a local newspaper very recently regarding tinted glasses.
How are offenders dealt with? As reported, “offenders” will be issued or given:
1) A prohibition notice for the use of the vehicle.
2) A 10 day grace period to remove the tint to an acceptable level.
3) The vehicle will have to be “inspected” (by Puspakom) presumably.
4) Notice to rescind earlier prohibition notice shall be issued.
What would happen if an offender remains “stubborn” and fails to comply with the department’s directive? A summon obviously will be issued.
The “prohibition” notice shall remain, until and unless, the said vehicle is brought in for inspection.
What, readers may wish to know, is the “fine” or “penalty” that will be imposed upon “conviction”?
The penalty, if convicted or found guilty of using tinted glasses is:
1) A “fine” not exceeding RM500 and / or imprisonment not exceeding 2 weeks for the 1st offense.
2) For subsequent offense, is a fine not exceeding RM1000 and / or imprisonment not exceeding one month or both.
With regards to operations launched specifically against users of tinted glasses, the J.P.J. reiterates that there is no such action. Nevertheless, ongoing “road blocks” will inevitably focus upon heavily tinted glasses.
We have to take the Transport Department’s seriousness on the subject. Referring to the Akta Pengangkutan Jalan 1987, or the Road Transport Act 1987, where the original penalty or fine for illegal use of tinted glasses was listed at only RM200 then.
This present day, the penalty has been raised to RM500 for the 1st offense and RM1000, the 2nd offense. This goes to show how determined the department is in “curbing” the tinted glass menace facing the nation.




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