Man Fined Over $9K For Vehicle Tint

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Published: July 27, 2017 2:54 pm AST
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Julio Adams of Purcell Estate, will have to pay a whopping $9,320 or serve time at Her Majesty's Prison. He was fined in relation to ten charges of exceeding the tint limit, driving an unlicensed vehicle and driving an uninsured vehicle.

Adams was ordered to pay the fines during his appearance at the Magistrate’s Court last week.

Traffic Officer, Constable Glen Callwood said the vehicle owner racked up these charges over a two-month period.

“In November of last year, I stopped his vehicle and reported him for exceeding the tint limit stipulated by law. He was seen again in early December in the same vehicle, with the same tint, and reported, and then again in late December of 2016.”

Callwood indicated, “The fine for each window that is overly tinted is $750. He was also charged with driving an unlicensed and uninsured vehicle.”

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force has warned vehicle owners that while the risk of driving a vehicle with tint exceeding that stipulated in the law may seem small, the penalties are high.

According to the law, the front windows of a vehicle 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%.

It was noted that store-bought tints combined with factory tints will likely exceed the tint requirements stipulated by law.

Head of the Road Policing Unit, Inspector Dariel Robinson encourages vehicle owners to contribute to a safer Territory by abiding by the law.

“Heavily tinted vehicles are generally used by those who want to hide their identity, as well as illegal weapons or goods. Citizens who want safer communities can choose to be seen as distinct and separate from the criminal element, and at the same time can take a strong stance against criminality, by abiding by the law.”

Persons with questions about the limits as it relates to vehicle tint, are encouraged to contact or visit the Department of Motor Vehicles or the RVIPF Road Policing Unit.
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