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Don't pay penalty for tinted windows

PUBLISHED: 11:18 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:51 05 July 2010

A POLICE warning has been issued as part of a Suffolk-wide campaign to improve road safety in the county.

Officers are reminding motorists of legal restrictions on the tinting of vehicle windows and on the use of loud exhausts.

A POLICE warning has been issued as part of a Suffolk-wide campaign to improve road safety in the county.

Officers are reminding motorists of legal restrictions on the tinting of vehicle windows and on the use of loud exhausts.

The call comes as part of The Journal's campaign to make the streets of Suffolk safer with the Save A Life campaign.

Since September, roads policing officers have been out in force and they will continue to carry out patrols in the run up to Christmas to target those drink driving, driving when using a mobile phone, driving without a seatbelt, or speeding.

However, during the course of patrols in the past few weeks, a number of fixed penalty notices have also been issued for other offences that aren't so well highlighted.

They include having tinted windows that do not comply with legal restrictions and for having loud exhausts above legal limits. Officers received regular complaints about vehicles, often with loud exhausts, being used in an anti-social manner and will take action where possible. Some drivers are unaware that to have tinted windows in the front of your car beyond the manufacturer specifications will be illegal. While windows in the back of the vehicle can be tinted those from the drivers seat forward (ie side windows and windscreen) have to let enough light to meet legal requirements - something that manufacturers are well aware of, but that you, and vehicle modifiers, might not be.

Officers will be happy to give advice on the degree of window tinting permitted prior to you having any work done on your vehicle, however, if stopped by police you could face a £30 fixed penalty notice or other action. This could include a £200 fine with six penalty points in some circumstances, a prohibition notice being issued for your car and, if you are a new driver, having your licence revoked and you having to re-take your test.

Suffolk Police also have a number of vehicle examiner-trained officers who will carry out regular checks on cars across the county.

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