Window Tinting Laws in Ontario
Every province has unique laws about window tinting. Tinted windows do add to the aesthetics of your car, but having a good view of your surroundings is essential for everyone’s safety on the roads. Recently, Ontario has imposed new limits for window tinting, on vehicles manufactured after January 1, 2017.
Any vehicles built after January 1, 2017 cannot have any aftermarket window tinting on their windshield. The front door windows cannot be tinted more than 30% darkness. There are no new regulations for the rear windows.
Why limit window tinting?
Window tinting laws are partly for the driver’s safety, pedestrians’ safety, and so police can clearly see drivers. Windshields are built so they will shatter into smaller, less dangerous pieces in the event of a crash. However, if a window tint is applied with a film, this can cause the windshield to break into large chunks which can increase injuries during an accident. In addition, police officers, other drivers, and pedestrians must be able to clearly see you while on the road. For the police, it is important for them to be able to make sure that drivers are not texting or performing any other distracting or dangerous tasks while driving. Pedestrians and other drivers also need to be able to see you, so it is clear that you can see and acknowledge them.
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