No Sunglasses!

General February 16th, 2007

Girl: Pa, I’m going out now…

Pa: Where are you going?

Girl: Oh, JB.. then take a bus to KL… visit friends la

Pa: Ok… take care har… Remember to check your passport! Sekali kenna checked, then never chop passport… eh… wait!

Girl: Yes, pa?

Pa: Take out your sunglass now!

Girl: *shocked* Huh? What for, pa?

Pa: Take them out now! Don’t wear it!

Girl: But pa… it’s very sunny and bright outside, pa…

Pa: Cannot, cannot! Glasses too dark! Take them out NOW!

Girl: But….

Pa: NO BUTs! I want them out now…

Girl: Why pa…?

Pa: I don’t want you to get caught for wearing sunglasses that are too dark… then I have to pay your fine of less than RM300!

Ed: It seems like Malaysia is clamping down on “cars which have windows that are too dark”… I always thought that the Malaysian cars always had theirs darker then Singapore’s! And it was Malaysia that allowed dark glasses [?] earlier than Singapore… Hmm… clamp down again?

ST: Driving to Malaysia? Make sure car windows not ‘too dark’ (Archived Feb 16, 2007)
Motorist driving to Malacca gets summons at roadblock for ‘illegal tinted windows’, by T. Rajan

APART from checking that their passports have been stamped, motorists driving across the border to Malaysia now have another thing to worry about.

Last week, 47-year-old Lawrence Lee and his wife were stopped by Malaysian traffic police on the North-South Highway while they were driving to Malacca for a holiday.

His offence, said the police, was that the windows of his silver Volvo were too dark.

‘The police stopped me at a roadblock just as I was reaching Malacca. I thought they were going to say I was speeding, but instead they told me the tinted windows of my car were illegal,’ the logistics company director said.

He was issued a traffic summons, which does not indicate how much the fine is, though the police told him it would not be more than RM300 (S$130).

According to the official website of the Malaysian transport authority, offenders can be fined up to RM500 and imprisoned for up to two weeks if the front windscreen does not let in at least 70 per cent of light. The side and rear windows have to let in at least 50 per cent of light.

The amount of light let in is measured using special devices which, according to reports, the Malaysian government has spent $1 million to acquire.

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) spokesman said that the rear windscreen and rear side windows here can be tinted much darker. Only 25 per cent of light needs to able to pass through.

But the requirement for the front windscreen and front side windows is 70 per cent.

According to a report in the Malaysian newspaper The Star three months ago, the Malaysian authorities indicated they will crack down on illegally tinted vehicles starting this year.

The report quoted the Malaysian director-general of road transport Emran Kadir, who said his department has stepped up enforcement because some cars in Malaysia now sport windows so dark that police cannot not see the drivers.

The LTA said all motorists going north need to comply with traffic regulations there.

But Mr Lee, who recounted his experience on The Straits Times online portal Stomp, is not taking any chances, even though it is Visit Malaysia year.

‘It seems like Singaporeans in Malaysia can be booked for much more than just speeding these days. I won’t be going to Malaysia for now, unless the authorities tell foreign motorists clearly what we should watch out for.’

trajan@sph.com.sg



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