Gardai warn of little change to cars that many think isn't illegal but are 'misguided'

By Sophie Collins

Gardai have warned Irish drivers over a common feature that is believed to be legal but is in fact a breach of Irish law in some instances.

The warning comes after a driver narrowly escaped a court appearance after officers pulled him over for having the rule breaking feature on his vehicle.

The regulations around window tinting in Ireland are extremely strict and only allow for a certain modification within the legal limits.

According to the Road Safety Authority, “Heavily tinted windows present a significant safety hazard for vehicle drivers and their occupants.

“Visibility is greatly reduced particularly at night-time or times of low light and may prevent drivers from seeing other road users or pedestrians.”

In the case of the driver who was recently pulled for having tinted windows, he was asked to remove the film on the spot as it was way darker than what is allowed, and so gardai are now warning other road users that they could face fines and a court appearance if caught out.

In a post on Facebook, a spokesperson for an Garda Siochana wrote: “There is a misguided perception that drivers with illegal modifications are entitled to a pass because there's more serious crimes being committed. This isn't the case.

“The Road Safety Authority is tasked with a similar mission to ourselves with regard to reducing collisions and injuries on our roads.”

Speaking about those who wish to make similar unique changes to their cars, the spokesperson said: “Vehicle owners are welcome to stamp their individuality on their cars but such modifications must be legal or said users are quite literally inviting prosecution.”

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