Gov't proposal restricts car tint on public, private vehicles

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 2) — A ban on window tints for public transportation vehicles is in the works.

The measure is part of a new government proposal, which also seeks to regulate tints on private vehicles for anti-crime purposes.

"We're allowing the tint provided that it meets the standards set forth by the [Land Transportation Office]. We're finalizing [the standards], but definitely wala na po sa harapan [no tint in front]," Transport Undersecretary Tim Orbos told CNN Philippines' The Source.

He added the proposal has yet to go through another consultative meeting before final rules are issued.

It is expected to affect even transport network services like Uber and Grab, but other aspects of the proposal are still being ironed out.

"The front door, front windshield, we may allow the 6 inches doon sa [on the] visor. That's now being debated on," said Orbos.

He added that the proposal allows for a lighter tint on by the driver and passenger's seat, but a darker shade for the back seats.

Under the proposal, black tint and one-way tint is also banned.


The government is eyeing implementing the new rules for tints upon car registration.

Among those who submitted position papers for the proposal were Truck Manufacturers Association, Inc., Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, and tinting services Luminex Corporation and 3M Philippines, Inc.

Orbos said the proposal was backed by the Philippine National Police, and it also seeks to screen out "colorum" vehicles. "Colorum" is a term used to describe vehicles providing illegal or unregistered transport services.

Previous issuances on window tints were dated 1976, 1978, and 1995. The 1995 Land Transportation Office memorandum already prohibited tints on public utility vehicles, although it has not been strictly implemented.