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A street in Dubai's Satwa area that is frequented by motorists who want car tints installed.

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Up to 50 percent car tint rule in UAE to help motorists stay cooler in summer

 

DUBAI – A revised federal traffic law allowing motorists to use up to 50 percent tint for their car windows is a welcome improvement, particularly in the summer season.

The law was introduced on July 1, 2017, giving motorists the option to tint their car windows – except the windshield –  by up to 50 percent. Prior to this, the maximum tinting allowed was 30 percent.

The new rule does not cover trucks and taxis.

Pravin Singh, a Dubai resident, said he opted for a darker tint for his car to keep the summer heat at bay. “It does keep the vehicle cooler from the inside. I found a good deal from a store in Dubai: Dh300 for a full car tint,” Singh told Expatmedia.net.

Car tints also provide privacy, said Anna Liza R, a Sharjah resident. “It can be nerve wracking to drive and also feel like you’re being stared at,” she said.

Under the UAE law, motorists found using car tints that are more than 50 percent darker can face fines starting from Dh1,000.

A salesman at Al Satwa Star car accessories store in Dubai told Expatmedia.net that their business has seen a 40 percent increase in customers in the summer season. “They all want to change their car tints to something darker before it becomes really hot here,” said Kareem R.

Currently, car tinting services in the UAE range from Dh300 to Dh2,500 depending on the size of the vehicle. A good tint can last up to five years and blocks up to 90 percent of ultraviolet rays.

Tinting films available in the UAE are metallic, ceramic and regular carbon nano fibre varieties.

It usually takes car worshop an average of two hours to install car tints. GAD/Expat Media

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