All window tinting on newly-registered vehicles will be required to adhere to the new MS2669 standard set by the Department of Standards Malaysia beginning January 1 next year.
The Star reported new films will come with QR Code Security labels and enforcement officers need only scan the code using the compatible phone app to get its full specifications.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said this would not only ease the work of enforcement officers, it would also prevent consumers from buying unregulated films.
He said there was previously no set standard for car tint film makers and each had their own interpretation of what tint was acceptable under the law.
“The MS2669 standard was spearheaded by the AAA (Auto Audio Accessories and Air-Condition Traders Association) and supported by the Transport Ministry and Miros (Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research), among others.
“With this mechanism, a lot of disputes over what tint is acceptable can be resolved,” said Liow.
The QR code feature will only come with the new MS2669-certified tints which are expected to be available at AAA-registered outlets before January 2018, and the feature will be available to all consumers free of charge.
“For current car users, as long as your car tint’s minimum permissible visible light transmission levels (VLT) comply with the rules, you do not need to change your tinting.
“However, cars registered after Jan 1, 2018, can only use tints that comply with the MS2669 standard,” said Liow, adding that car users can visit a Puspakom centre or a car tint dealer to check their tint level.
Permissible VLT levels are 70% for the front windscreen, 50% for front side windows and 30% for rear side windows and rear screen.