Rs.100 fine for cars sporting thick films
After having given the public some time to comply with the Supreme Court directive to remove sun control films from their car windows, the Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) is set to take a tougher stand on the ruling from next week.
Till now, the MVD has mostly been trying to create awareness among the motoring public about the need to comply with the directive. That will now be replaced with a more intense drive.
“The initial focus will be on cars using very thick sun control films that effectively blind the view inside the car. Those found travelling in such cars will be fined Rs.100. They will be asked to remove the sun control film and report with the vehicle before the MVD authorities within three days,” Ernakulam Regional Transport Officer T.J. Thomas told The Hindu. Motorists who fail to comply with the direction within the said period will be slapped with a bigger fine of Rs.1,000.
Drivers of cars with more transparent films will be warned once more before action is taken against them.
He said that sun control films of any kind remain banned from being used on car windows, irrespective of their visibility.
In-built tints allowed
Only in-built tinted windows provided by car manufacturers will be permitted and they should have 50 per cent visibility on front and rear and 75 per cent on the sides.
Mr. Thomas said that the department has taken care to ensure that it has complied with the ban that it now sets out to implement.
“None of the vehicles of the MVD now sport sun control films. We have removed them all before May 15,” he said.
Meanwhile, the department is trying to open a counter at the collectorate for the removal of sun control film from cars at a reasonable rate.
This was after mechanical workshops and other centres were found charging in the range of Rs.200 to Rs.300 for the removal of sun control films. The department is pursuing negotiations with mechanics to provide the public with a reasonable service.