Use of tint on vehicles being standardised to ensure level playing field

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Police Commissioner, Leslie James Thursday said the Police Force is working to ensure a level playing field in the use of tints on vehicles.

The issue has been a contentious one and there are numerous allegations of persons bribing Police officers to have their vehicles tinted. There are accusations too that Police and soldiers are allowed favourable consideration in the use of tint.

Speaking at a Press Conference at his Eve Leary, Georgetown office, the Police Commissioner said a document is being finalised on the use of tint and this document will be published.

“I know it is something that keeps recurring and it is something we need to address because there are citizens who feel that they are at a disadvantage where they would see persons who might be Policemen or military men who are by themselves carrying tint.

“And we will examine it and standardise it and once it is standardised I think the citizens will feel a little better – that there is a level playing field,” James stated.

Persons who are suffering from a range of health conditions are among those who have been granted approval to use tints on their vehicles.

“As it is, I have restricted it to people who suffer skin disease and ultraviolet rays affecting their eyes and also for certain public officials who for security reasons, need it and some businessmen.

“…a lot of people are asking me how I can give others and not give them,” Khemraj Ramjattan, Minister of Public Security said in January of this year.

Currently, only persons with vehicles that have a manufacturer’s tint are eligible for a tint waiver by the Ministry of public security.

The regulation prohibiting the use of tint is catered for under the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act 51:02, Regulation 103 A (1).

It dictates that no person shall have a level of tint that would obstruct the identity of the driver and persons travelling in a vehicle.

Application process for a tint waiver

The process from application to final approval or rejection for a tint waiver is as follows:

  1. Upon receipt of the application, along with documents required, the applicant will be served with a letter that must be taken to the Licence Revenue Office (LRO) in order to verify the Vehicle’s Tint Density.
  2. Subsequent to the completion of this verification process, the Licence Revenue Office (LRO) will submit its Tint Reading to the Minister of Public Security for his approval/refusal.
  3. The Ministry will notify the applicant of the final decision, and if the application is approved, the applicant will be granted a TINT WAIVER PERMIT.

Tint waiver permits are valid for one (1) year and should be renewed at least one (1) week before the expiry date. The estimated processing time for an application is three (3) to five (5) working days. 3.

Only vehicles with a manufacturer’s tint are eligible to be considered for a Tint Waiver.

The Tint Waiver Application can be downloaded here: https://mops.gov.gy/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/application-form-for-tint-waiver.pdf

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