Tinting Laws

Queensland’s Traffic Operations Road Use Management
Vehicle Standards and Safety Regulation 2012

The following extract relates to window tinting laws.

Section 33:  Window tinting

  1. Glazing used in a windscreen of a motor vehicle must have a luminous transmittance of at least—
    (a) for a motor vehicle built after 1971—75%; or
    (b) for another motor vehicle—70%.
  2. Glazing used in a windscreen of a motor vehicle must not be coated in a way that reduces its luminous transmittance.
  3. However, subsections (1) and (2) do not apply to the greater of the following areas of a windscreen—
    (a) the area above the highest point of the windscreen that is swept by a windscreen wiper;
    (b) the upper 10% of the windscreen.
  4. Glazing used in a window or interior partition of a motor vehicle must have a luminous transmittance of at least 70%.
  5. Glazing used in a window or interior partition may be coated to achieve a luminous transmittance of not less than 35%.
  6. Glazing that has been coated to reduce its luminous transmittance must not have a reflectance of over 10%.
  7. The luminous transmittance requirement in subsection (5) applies to a vehicle instead of the corresponding requirements in the relevant ADR.

In this section—

Glazing means material fitted to the front, sides, rear or interior of a motor vehicle, through which the driver can see the road, but does not include a coating added after manufacture of the material.

Luminous transmittance, for glazing, means the amount of light that can pass through the glazing as a percentage of the amount of light that would be transmitted if the glazing were absent.

Note that the Australian Vehicle Safety Regulations allow states and territories to set alternative limits for window tinting. It is therefore important that the specific requirements of the jurisdiction in which the vehicle is to be either registered or used be confirmed and complied with.

For more details on window tinting laws contact Dept. Transport and Main Roads (DTMR)

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