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.

Related articles

5 Ways To Keep Your Car Cool This Summer
Should You Buy An Aftermarket Catalytic Converter
4 Tips on How To Be a Better Driver
4 Signs Of A Failing Catalytic Converter
5 Reasons Why Your Car Doors Aren't Working
How To Check Your Coolant Level

Extend your car's life. Get car advice straight to your inbox.

Join 5000+ car owners and keep your car in its healthiest form.

More Related Articles

The Symptoms of a Failing Timing Belt

The Symptoms of a Failing Timing Belt

Your timing belt is an essential component of your engine. It is a belt that connects your crankshaft to the pistons that move your engine, and allows your engine to sync up its movements - it’s named after the fact it syncs the opening and closing of your engine valves to the movements of the pistons.

Read more

How To Check Your Oil Level

How To Check Your Oil Level

The fluids in your car are essential for the running of your engine - but one of the most important types of fluid to monitor is your oil level. Checking your oil level is something anyone can do - and by doing so, you can improve your car’s performance greatly, while protecting you against unexpected breakdowns.

Read more

Does My Car Qualify To Drive For Uber

Does My Car Qualify To Drive For Uber

This guide will take you through the general requirements for each Uber service to let you know whether or not you can drive for Uber.

Read more