Staff Reporter

Most of the vehicle owners confused

Those travelling in vehicles with AC facility will be affected

Coimbatore: The decision of the Government to enforce a rule relating to the ban on use of sun control film on windscreens and window glasses of the vehicles has given room for confusion resulting in consumer body seeking clarification on the guidelines under which the enforcement of the rule would be done.

Motor vehicle owners normally preferred to have cool films affixed on the windscreens and window glasses for ensuring privacy as well as to prevent penetration of excess heat into the vehicles. This resulted in a number of shops coming up with automobile accessories dealing with these sun control or cool film stickers becoming a major business.

Following in the lines of the other States, the Government decided to enforce the rule relating to the ban on use of such films on motor vehicles. In a memorandum to the Home Secretary, the secretary of Coimbatore Consumer Cause (CCC), K. Kathirmathiyon, had sought some clarifications on the guidelines to enable the motor vehicle owners to comply with the rule. Most of the vehicle owners remain confused on the extent to which the rule was applicable.

The Government Order called for strict compliance of provisions of Rule 100 (2) of Central Motor Vehicle Rule (CMVR). But the rule never prohibited the use of sun control film totally but it specified the safety of the glass and the extent of visual transmission that the glass should permit. As per Rule 100 (2), the glass of the windscreen and rear window of every motor vehicle shall have visual transmission of light not less than 70 per cent and in respect of side widows it should not be less than 50 per cent.

He urged the Government to come clear with an announcement on the enforcement of the rule, whether the sun control films and tinted glasses with grey and dark grey tints (not black or dark black films) which conform to the above specifications could be used in motor vehicles. The Government should also make it clear the mechanism available to public/officials to ascertain the percentage of visual transmission in the event of use of such films and tinted glasses.

If other State vehicles passing through Tamil Nadu had sun control film whether those vehicles would be charged need to be clarified. In some of the vehicles, screens made of clothes were being used to avoid direct sunlight inside the vehicles whereas there was no mention about the use of screens in the Motor Vehicle Rules or in the Government announcement. When so many people were using such tinted glasses and sun control films, Mr. Kathirmathiyon urged the Government to prescribe a time-limit for the motorists to display a culture of compliance before the enforcement whip is cracked. In the event of the Government permitting only plain glasses, the heat transmitted inside the vehicle through sunlight would be high and the travelling public would have to bear direct sunlight.

Vehicles with air conditioning facility may not have any cool effect inside due to transmission of sunlight through plain glasses. He suggested that the Government could enforce the norms as per Rule (2) of CMVR and action could be initiated against those vehicles in which widows were completely dark.