This afternoon, as I stopped near the auto inspection to have my car insurance renewed, the inspector glanced at my windows and asked, “Are these tinted?”.
“No”, I replied “but I have installed thermal insulation”.
“Well, you’re only permitted to tint the side mirrors on the back. Get the front-side, windshield and back tint removed then come back for another inspection.”, he demanded.
I explained that infra-red, or thermal insulation has very little effect on visibility and that I have paid for the highest quality film deliberately, to ensure minimal light distortion. Not to mention that I’ve had it for more than 3 years and nobody told me it was against the law until today. The inspector ignored my reasoning and boasted about stopping all tinted windows of any kind from now on.
It’s so ironic that to this day, we see outrageous vehicles with all-around pitch-black windows go about cruising the streets without a fine, while people with good intentions who want to reduce the heat absorption of their car by paying a premium to maintain best visibility get their paperwork revoked!
“People have cleared their windows, passed the inspection, had their insurance work approved, then went back and tinted again.”, jumped the second inspector trying to sound smart and informed.
Well then, could someone explain to me how it is better for people to blatantly get away with tinting their cars like that? Do these people not comprehend their own incompetence or how small their role is in preventing violations?
Anyway, I left the inspectors and rushed to Shwaikh for the V-Cool garage that installed the film on my car windows 3 years back. I showed the salesperson my revoked insurance papers and asked him how they could have sold and installed film on all car windows when it is clearly against the law.
“We know it is illegal, and we tell the customers that, but it’s their choice and their responsibility to have whichever parts of their cars insulated. “, he lied.
I was not aware of any possible legal violations when V-Cool was marketing their product at the time, nor have I noticed any signs, as of late, that bring attention to this issue to prevent it. In fact, I recall quite clearly that I specifically asked about this before having it installed.
Finally, V-Cool agreed to remove the film for free, and while the staff went about doing that, my eyes were set at a new BMW that was having a pitch-black film installed on all windows, right there next to my car!
When will the wastas stop and the scamming cease? >_<