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All States and Territories in Australia stipulate a maximum darkness, known as minimum light transmission level or VLT, of 35% on all vehicle windows (excluding the front windscreen, which cannot have any window film, except for a visor strip across the top). The only exceptions are NT, which allows a minimum VLT of 16% for windows behind the driver; and WA, which allows 20% VLT on windows behind the driver.

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 check with your local installer 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 compliance of our members with government regulations. Failure to comply with tinting laws can result in fines, insurance cancellation and even criminal charges if your vehicle is involved in an accident and your illegally dark windows are considered a contributing factor.

Remember, modifying your vehicle with illegally dark windows renders your vehicle UNROADWORTHY!

General information

Film features
Automotive window film has an adhesive system designed to hold to curved automobile glass. It allow installers to smooth it to the glass avoiding wrinkles, bubbles or other problems, so providing you with a high quality application. Most of these products have a micro thin metal layer to reduce incoming solar heat. All products feature a distinctive colour that compliments the automobile colour and provides a sleek appearance.

In glass car radio aerials
Some cars have standard telescopic rod aerials, with the aerial built into the glass. If regular metallised automotive window films are applied, the AM radio band reception strength will be greatly reduced, and FM to a lesser extent. This may affect the number and stations that can be received. For cars with in glass aerials we recommend non–metallised films, to ensure good radio reception.

GPS
Window tinting can affect the operation of some vehicles containing electronic reception and transmission technologies such as GPS systems, telephones and in-glass antennas. This effect is called EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) and is typically seen with metallised films, however on a very small number of occasions it has been seen with non-metallised films.

Due to the potential problem of EMI many vehicle manufacturers advise owners against the fitting of metallised window films and some even recommend against any window film.

 

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