Crackdown on tinted glass hits film makers

The police crackdown on vehicles with tinted has caused concern among companies manufacturing sun control films.

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Published:May 12, 2012 12:54 am

The police crackdown on vehicles with tinted has caused concern among companies manufacturing sun control films.

Manufacturers claimed that they have incurred huge losses since police intensified the drive against tinted glass on vehicles.

According to 3M,a company manufacturing sun control films,the Supreme Court ruling prohibiting use of black films of any visual light transmission (VLT) percentage or any other material upon the safety glasses,windscreens (front and rear) and side glasses of all vehicles throughout the country,will result in a financial crisis for manufacturing and marketing firms.

The livelihood of thousands of people associated with the industry will also be hit,the company said.

“The benefits of using suncontrol films are being overlooked. Without films,passengers will be exposed to ultra-violet rays which may cause various diseases including skin cancer,” stated a company representation to the traffic

police.

Speaking to Newsline,Subodh Jindal,Vice-President (Transportation Business) of 3M,said,“3M’s sun films are known for providing world-class comfort,safety and protection to consumers. While we accept the Supreme Court judgement,it needs to be noted that many benefits of using sun films will be lost with the recent ban. Currently,3M India is reviewing the decision and exploring options.”

Meanwhile,Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg said the Supreme Court ruling will be implemented strictly.

“I do not know why the company approached us. We cannot go against the apex court’s directions. The companies should file a review petition,” Garg said.

To the contention of companies that sun films of permissible limit should be allowed,the traffic police said,“We do not have the required equipment to gauge whether a film is of permissible limit or not. Hence,this is not possible.”

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