If you thought that dark tinting was a thing of the past then think again because there are some drivers here in Orange Walk Town that have still not removed the heavy tint from their vehicles, meaning that effective today they are breaking the law.
As you may be aware the new tinting regulations should have come into effect on June 1st but government gave a 30 day extension period in order to give vehicle owners time to remove their tint. With the 30 days gone the new tinting regulation came into effect today but when we circled around town this morning we still found drivers driving around in their heavy tinted rides.
The Orange Walk Transport Department was there to tell them that they are breaking the law but that they had ten more days to get rid of their heavy tint or else they would be issued a summons to appear in Court and could be fined anywhere between $150.00 to $500.00.
The 10 days, however, did not apply to drivers who needed to renew their vehicle licenses. If the front of the vehicle did not pass the 50% visibility mark and the back did not pass the 20% visibility mark the license was not issued until the tint was removed, as was the case of this driver.
When we spoke to Orange Walk Transport Officers today we were told that they will be on the lookout for those drivers who are not abiding by the law. But instead of being fined drivers will merely be warned. After ten days, however, the law will be enforced and drivers found with heavy tinted vehicles will be taken to court.
The new tinting regulation was set in place by the Government of Belize in order to reduce crime but the majority of Belizeans believe that the regulating of tinted vehicles will not impact the high crime rate that is presently affecting the country.