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RVIPF offering free testing for tints without penalty @ Expo

RVIPF offering free testing for tints without penalty @ Expo

With the spotlight shone on the issue of tint on vehicles recently, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is offering tests for tints free of cost tomorrow, May 7, 2021.

Additionally, if the tints are found to have exceeded the legal limit persons would be granted a pardon.

“Officers can tell you without penalty at the Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Expo at the Noel Lloyd Park tomorrow only,” the RVIPF said in a statement today, May 6, 2021.

The RVIPF said it will be present at its booth to share information and test the tint of window vehicles from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Persons can drive their vehicles to the entrance of the brick path between the First Caribbean Bank and the Park to have their vehicle’s tint checked.

Heavy fines for tints


Police are urging persons to use the opportunity now to ensure their vehicles do not exceeding the tint stipulated in the law because the penalty is high. The fine for each window that exceeds the tint limit is $750.

Front windows should have a reading of no less than 35% light penetration while the front windshield should have no tint at all. Back windows should have a reading of no less than 20% light penetration.

“Store-bought tints combined with factory tints will likely exceed the tint requirements stipulated by law,” the RVIPF said.

According to the RVIPF, heavily tinted vehicles are generally used by those who want to hide their identity or carry illegal weapons or goods. “Citizens who want safer communities should take a strong stance against criminality, by abiding by the law.”

Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5), speaking during the Seventh Sitting of the Third Session of the Fourth House of Assembly at Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom, Tortola, on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, said it has become increasingly obvious that some vehicles on the territory's roadways are not in compliance with the law.


Tint concern was raised by Hon Kye M. Rymer


Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5), speaking during the Seventh Sitting of the Third Session of the Fourth House of Assembly at Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom, Tortola, on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, said it has become increasingly obvious that some vehicles on the territory's roadways are not in compliance with the law.

“There is a restriction on tint [but] we see a number of vehicles where you can’t even see in the vehicles. I know at some point the police would be out there stopping and doing their checks [to ensure compliance with the tint laws]." Hon Rymer said.

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