Is Window Tinting Legal In Ontario

Window Tint

Window tinting can be hazardous for drivers, as it impairs communication between drivers and pedestrians, especially if a pedestrian is not able to establish eye contact with a driver as it can sometimes lead to dangerous situations. But what does the law state about window tinting?

The Highway Traffic Act of 1990 states that:

“No person shall drive on a highway a motor vehicle on which the surface of the windshield or any window to the direct left or right of the driver’s seat has been coated with any coloured spray or other coloured or reflective material that substantially obscures the interior of the motor vehicle when viewed from outside the motor vehicle.”

This means that window tinting is explicitly illegal in Ontario, specifically on the right and left front seat windows. However, tinting back seat or rear-view windows are fair game in the law’s eyes. It’s also important to note that this law specifies window tints that substantially block light - lower tint percentages like 70%, are generally considered to be legal. Car Check Canada has been in correspondence with police officers, and their general rule of thumb is that if the tint obscures your face from across the street from your car, it is generally dark enough for a ticket. However, it is best to play it safe if you aren’t sure if the car’s windows are too dark.

In general, used car inspections are the most effective way to determine the legality and quality of the tint on a used car. If you ever need one, Fiix can perform used car inspections at any location you desire, and can give you a comprehensive understanding of the condition of the used car. Schedule one by sending us an instant message on our chat, by emailing us at help@fiix.io, or by calling us at 647-361-4449 today.

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