The Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Handbook states that “all windows should be tint free to the extent that the inside of the vehicle should be clearly visible at all times, the driver and any passengers should be clearly visible when looking into the vehicle from all windows at all times”.
Vehicles presented for first licensing will need to comply with this public safety requirement. You may have to replace rear passenger tinted windows even if the glass is factory fitted tinted glass. The rear passenger windows should be no darker than the front side windows (it is a legal requirement that front side windows should allow 70% visual light transmission VLT). We have a Police standard tint meter that can be used to check rear passenger windows. If you are unsure, please contact the licensing team before purchasing a vehicle.