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Automotive

NSW Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2017, NSW legislation website

ACT Regulations, December 2017

QLD DTMR, Minor Modifications Instruction G19.7, September 2017

QLD guidelines for hearses, ambulances and heavy omnibus', Version 2, December 2012

WA Vehicle Safety Branch Information Bulletin, 13 April 2013

SA vehicle standards fact sheet, MR430, February 2018

VIC Regulations

TAS Regulations

NT Regulations, Motor Vehicle Registry Information Bulletin, December 2015

Vehicle Standards Bulletin 14, version 2.0 January 2011

Australian Auto Tinting Laws 

All Australian States and Territories stipulate a maximum darkness, known as the visible light transmission level or VLT, for the after market application of window film on a passenger vehicle's side and rear windows. These laws regulate how dark a tinter can legally tint your car windows - which is why the phrase "darkest legal" is used so often.

As of June 2018, TAS and VIC are the only two States that still maintain a 35% VLT regulation on all side and rear windows.

NSW, QLD, SA, ACT, WA and NT have introduced different requirements for window behind the driver (windows behind the B pillar). In NT a VLT of 15% for windows behind the driver is allowed. NSW, SA, WA, QLD and the ACT accept a 20% VLT on windows behind the driver. Click here for a technical bulletin regarding the new QLD VLT regulation, here for the ACT, here for SA and here for NSW. WFAANZ encourages you to upload the relevant fact sheet (listed at the top of this page) from your State or Territory government so you're familiar with the laws.

After-market window film cannot be applied to the windscreen, even if the film is optically clear, except for a visor strip across the top of the screen (which is outside the driver's primary vision area). Each State stipulates how this visor strip should be measured.

When it comes to film on privacy glass, the same VLT rules apply, i.e. the combination of glass + film cannot exceed the VLT limit. This means you can't legally apply window film on privacy glass that's already 35%, 20% or 15% (depending on the glass location and the State/Territory) - even if it's clear film.

Automotive films supplied by WFAANZ member manufacturers are low reflectivity, as the law states window film on vehicles must not be reflective. Reflective films are even more dangerous than illegally dark windows. All Police Forces and Transport Departments are very vigilant on defecting vehicles with reflective films. Reflective films are the shiny silver and bronze films, which can be 'fader' films changing from dark to reflective, solid reflective films or sometimes shapes such as flames or similar.

Commercial vehicle tinting laws differ in most States and Territories - so ensure you know the rules before you tint a commercial vehicle. Typically, any darkness film is allowed behind the driver in commercial vehicles. ‘Commercial vehicles’ do not mean 4WDs, but rather vehicles registered as a commercial type.

WFAANZ is dedicated to ensuring our member's compliance with government regulations. Vehicle owners failing to comply with tint laws are subject to fines, insurance cancellation and even criminal charges if the vehicle is involved in an accident where dark windows are considered a contributing factor.

Modifying a vehicle with illegally dark windows renders that vehicle unroadworthy.        


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