Police issue tinting guidelines for public passenger vehicles
The police today issued detailed guidelines for the tinting of public passenger vehicles as part of measures to stem the abduction and rape of women and girls by persons posing as taxi operators.
The police say the guidelines are effective immediately.
At a press conference today, head of the police's Highway and Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, said no tint will be allowed on the rear windscreen of motorcars.
Superintendent Allen says tint is also not allowed on the two side glasses of the driver and passenger side of motorcars.
He says no tint should be on the windscreen of motorcars, with the exception of a 6 inch visor from the top.
For the back seat of motor vehicles, Allen says a 30 percent grade tint is allowed.
For coaster buses, Allen says that no tint will be allowed on the rear glass or the two first glasses at the side.
Superintendent Allen also says the Island Traffic Authority will be testing some motor vehicles that arrive in Jamaica with tint already on.
Last week Wednesday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that tints must be removed from all public passenger vehicles by today.
However, taxi operators have been criticising the move saying they are allowed light tinting and that they were not consulted before the announcement.
They met with officials of the Transport Authority today and have declared that the meeting was successful.