What is the Legal Percentage for Tinted Windows in Ontario?

The legalities of window tinting in Ontario can be confusing, especially with the specifics laid out in the Highway Traffic Act under Section 73, Subsections 2 and 3. Let’s explore this topic to help vehicle owners understand the legal requirements and avoid potential violations.


Understanding Window Tinting Regulations

Window tinting involves applying a colored coating or spray to the windows of a motor vehicle, altering the amount of light that can pass through the glass. The regulations do differ based on the age of the vehicle:

  • Vehicles 2018 or Newer: For newer vehicles, the law stipulates that window tints must allow 30% or more light to pass through. Importantly, “or more” means that tints should not block more than 70% of the light, allowing for tints that are 35%, 40%, 50%, etc.
  • Vehicles 2017 or Older: For older vehicles, the legality of the tint comes down to the discretion of the officer assessing the vehicle. The key factor is whether the officer can see inside the vehicle well enough to make out certain features, such as where the occupants’ hands are. If an officer deems the view obstructed, a ticket may be issued.


Need Legal Assistance?

If you have questions about window tinting laws or need legal advice regarding a window tinting violation, OTD Legal is here to help. Our team can provide guidance and support to ensure your vehicle complies with Ontario’s regulations. Contact us today at OTD Legal for professional legal assistance with your window tinting concerns.


Video Transcription:

What is the legal percentage for tinted windows? A good question, if in fact your vehicle has window tinting. What we’re referring to is the tinting or colouring coating or spray on any window of a motor vehicle. The amount of tinting is covered in the Highway Traffic Act under  Section 73, Subsections 2 and 3.

Okay. Now for vehicles that are, we are gonna consider newer and newer means 2018 or newer, the stipulation is 30% or lighter. And what’s important to note there is the: “or lighter”. Or lighter does not mean 25%. It means 35%, 40%, 50%. It’s the, it’s counterintuitive, but it refers specifically to the amount of light that can pass through.

That particular window. Now, vehicles that we consider older, and that would be vehicles 2017 and below, it is premised upon the officer’s opinion. Another way of saying that is it’s officer subjectivity. And when the officer cannot see and make distinct certain features of the vehicle or where the occupant’s hands might be they’re going to claim that that view is obstructed and as a result, you may see a ticket for that particular offense.

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