Philippine National Police to crackdown on vehicles installed with very dark tint

Updated Mar 20, 2019 | Same topic: Highlights of the Week

Very dark and heavy car windows tint soon to be prohibited by Philippine National Police.

Why do we install dark car tints? Here in, we know that tints serve a myriad of purposes; from making our car look fresh and snazzy to protecting our vehicle interiors from the harsh heat of the sun. It is also a common car guy knowledge that some use tint to prevent peeking eyes thus giving a sense of privacy from the outside world.

Installing and using very heavy and dark tint though, here in the Philippines at least, is about to be put to a stop in lieu of the need for implementation of existing driver safety laws.

A car with dark tin window

Time to take it off I guess

The impending crackdown on car window tints stems from the difficulty in the part of the authorities to implement two laws concerning vehicle safety, the Anti-Distracted Driving Act and RA 8750 or the Seat Belt Law.

In an interview a few days ago, the director general of the Philippine National Police himself, General Oscar Albayalde said that he finds it ironic that heavily tinted vehicles are abundant on our roads despite the existing law against the use of communication devices and other electronic entertainment and computing gadgets while vehicles are in motion or temporarily stopped at traffic or an intersection and also the law for the mandatory use of seatbelts.

Thus, in connection to this, the PNP director general says that due to the relative prevalence of tinting vehicle windows, authorities like the Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group and the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT), will certainly have a difficult time enforcing these laws if their men deployed on Philippine roads can’t even see through the inky black darkness covering most vehicles running around these days.

>>> You might like to read: 7 tips to choose the right car window tint

How will they see and know if a driver is texting while driving or if the driver is even using his or her seatbelt?

A parked mercedes benz coupe with very dark tint.

Car with very dark tint looks cool but alas, violations will take all your cool points away

As such, General Albayalde has been in communication with Secretary Arthur Tugade, the appointed secretary of the Department of Transportation regarding the issue at hand.

This is in light of the fact that last Monday, the Philippine National Police signed a memorandum with the Department of Transportation to further strengthen their capabilities the ever difficult and strenuous task of managing and monitoring our country’s traffic.

As a further point against the installation and use of window tints, Republic Act no. 11229 which is the policy to ensure the safety of children while being transported in vehicles has been recently signed by President Rodrigo Duterte thus adding to the list which concerned authorities must look out for and enforce.

A difficult enough task further complicated by the use of heavy window tint. We here at understand why many people use very dark and heavy tints on their cars. But if it comes into conflict with safety laws, we would thus find it prudent for a compromise and a simple one at that.

Like you know, like a lighter tint which will still be dark enough to protect your interior from heat and make your car look good, but still enough to be seen through to be safe and of course; enough to be seen through to avoid a violation and a traffic ticket.

>>> Click to catch latest car news worldwide

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


View more