£350 fine for tinted windows

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A MOTORIST has been hit with a whopping fine for tinting his car windows too dark.

Stephen Thomas was ordered to pay a total of £415, including a £350 fine, at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court for using a vehicle where the driver’s vision is obscured.

The 24-year-old did not turn up for the hearing so the case was proved in his absence.

Vicky Wilson, prosecuting, said police pulled over Thomas’s Vauxhall Vectra in Lancaster Road, Hartlepool, at 3.55pm on October 10, last year.

An officer had noticed that Thomas had “taken window tinting to the extreme” and they could not see through the driver and passenger side front windows.

Ms Wilson added: “He told the driver that the windows were illegal as they did not let in enough light. They have to let in 30 per cent of the light.

“The majority of vehicle manufacturers produce windows between 35 and 60 per cent, but the defendant had added post-factory film that reduced that even further.”

Thomas, of Chatham Road, Hartlepool, was given a vehicle defect rectification scheme (VDRS) form which ordered him to strip the film off and report back to the police.

He failed to comply so was summoned to court.

Town justices fined him £350 and ordered him to pay court costs of £50 and a £15 victim surcharge.