'We could barely see the driver!' Northampton van driver reported because windows were too dark

According to police, the van's front windows only let 13 per cent of light through in contrast to the legal requirement of 70 per cent

Monday, 24th May 2021, 4:48 pm
Updated Monday, 24th May 2021, 4:50 pm

A van driver in Northampton has been reported by police today because the front windows of the vehicle were too dark.

Officers spotted the Renault Trafic van in Beech Avenue at midday today, which - according to police - only let 13 per cent of light through.

The law on tinted vehicle windows states that the front windscreen must let at least 75 per cent of light through and the front side windows must let at least 70 per cent of light through.

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Police spotted a van with windows that were tinted beyond the legal limit.

The front windscreen must let at least 75% of light through and the front side windows must let at least 70% of light through.

Police used light measuring equipment to measure the window tint on the van.

The Northants Serious Collision Investigation Unit tweeted: "We were dealing with a #Renault #Trafic van where we could barely see the driver! Front windows #tinted only allowing 13% light through! (70% limit) #Reported & removed."

When the windows of a vehicle are found to be tinted too much, the driver could face a penalty of a prohibition notice - stopping them from using their vehicle on the road until the tint is removed - a penalty notice or court summons.