ARE SUNSHADES LEGAL IN MALAYSIA?
Selangor Road Transport Department: Sunshades are allowed because it is removable and not permanent.
Thursday September 27, 2012
Installing curtains and stickers on vehicle windows is illegal, says Selangor RTD
Story and photos by STUART MICHAEL
IT IS illegal to fit curtains and stickers on vehicle windows and this practice could land vehicle owners in jail if they are caught and charged in court.
Although curtains are used to shield the driver and passengers from the glare and heat of the sun, many are unaware that it is an offence.
Curtains are only allowed on buses, caravans and vans used to ferry schoolchildren.
Selangor Road Transport Department (RTD) director Yusoff Ayob said vehicle owners who installed curtains or stickers were committing an offence.
“This offence carries a hefty fine and even a jail sentence.
“Many are not aware of it.
“Those who have been issued with summonses are mostly first-time offenders,” he said.
Yusoff added that there were only a few summonses issued to vehicle owners pertaining to curtains.
“Motorists are allowed to use sunshades or place towels on car windows to block out the sun.
“This is allowed because sunshades and towels are not permanent and can be removed when needed. Stickers and curtains are permanent and they reduce the driver’s view,” said Yusoff.
He added that the penalty for the offence upon conviction was a fine not exceeding RM500 and/or imprisonment not exceeding two weeks for a first offence.
For subsequent offences, errant motorists can be fined not exceeding RM1,000 and/or imprisonment not exceeding one month.
Rule 4(1) of the Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Certain Types of Glass) Rules, 1991 states that curtains, venetian blinds or other material shall not be fitted in a motor vehicle to shield the interior of the motor vehicle.
Take it down: This looks cool as the sticker features an entire family with their pets on the rear windscreen. However, it is against the law.
Dangerous: It is illegal to fit curtains in the car as it hinders the driver’s view.
Temporary relief: Sunshades are allowed because it is removable and not permanent.
Rule 5(1) of the Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Certain Types of Glass) Rules, 1991 states that the registered vehicle owner or driver of a motor vehicle the windscreen of which is tinted, filmed over, sprayed, pasted, fitted or otherwise treated or combined with any material or chemical which does not permit transmission through such windscreen of at least 70%, and 50% for side windows shall be guilty of an offence.
Yusoff said Malaysian car manufacturers had set a standard of only 15% tint, which allows 85% of sunlight through its windows.
“We have not received any complaints of illegal tint on windows of new vehicles from local manufacturers . We only encounter this problem when it comes to recon or imported vehicles,” he said.