Police concerned about heavy tints

The Police Traffic Department is concerned about vehicle window and windscreen tints that do not conform to the traffic regulations.

Assistant Superintendent Bernard Gaston told the Times that acceptable tints for motor omnibuses are grade 20 percent black and grade 50 percent non-reflective grey.

“Anything beyond that would be a concern for us,” Gaston explained.

He said to determine whether a tint meets the regulations, it would have to be measured.

Gaston explained that  section 23 of the driving code indicates that no motor vehicle or trailer shall have tint on the front windscreen unless the tint is less than eight inches in height.

“That is the other provision that relates to tints,” he told the Times.

Gaston disclosed that the penalty for a violation of the regulations relating to tints that are of an unacceptable grade is a fine of $250.

“Any contravention of the driving code would be a penalty of $250 and you can be ticketed for that,” the Traffic Official said.

He disclosed that police officers continue to see tints that do not meet the regulations.

“We are dealing with these matters as we continue to do our traffic checks on the roads around Saint Lucia,” Gaston stated.

He told the Times that heavy tints on vehicles impede the ability of law enforcers to see what is going on inside.



  1. oh really
    December 22, 2016 at 9:38 am

    the irony of this is that the police are some of the biggest users of heavy and windscreen tints. smh

    1. Anonymous
      December 22, 2016 at 10:42 am

      lol………….I was thinking the same when I read the article…….majority of vehicles with the windscreen tinted are owned by police officers (their private vehicles).
      I think they need to start policing themselves before anyone else.

    2. Anonymous
      December 22, 2016 at 6:21 pm


  2. oh really
    December 22, 2016 at 9:39 am

    *for their personal vehicles.

    1. Anonymous
      December 22, 2016 at 9:43 am

      So true

  3. Huh
    December 22, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Yh it is rediculous that they break the same laws they wanna enforce

  4. Be You
    December 22, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Mr. Officer start your investigation within your department first then you can attack the public, last I observed police officers private vehicles had windscreens tinted plus number plate fonts which yall charge the public for not following rules. Stop the Hypocrisy maybe and only then the public will take yall serious.

  5. Anonymous
    December 22, 2016 at 10:07 am

    because they see Martinique cracking up on that they want to do it too. whole bunch of followers and jokers.

  6. Anonymous
    December 22, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Govt officials are exempt from those regulations… Start enforcing with the squeeky clean 4 door FAR pickups!

    To the top cop who penned this article, please clean your house first!

  7. Taia
    December 22, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Ok this tinting thing has been an on and off thing in St lucia
    Like a seasonal thing
    A month or two down the line its back to business
    The police needs to be consistent
    Another annoying thing the police should crack down on is loud music

  8. yes
    December 22, 2016 at 11:06 am

    What yall really need to crack down on are HIDs .Tired of being blinded by other drivers in the road.

  9. Anonymous
    December 22, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Clean your house first … It annoying to see this … Plus the police exempt their colleagues.

  10. Defender of rights
    December 22, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Man (Words deleted) ,my heavy hinted is for security , same as you’ll vehicles with the heavy tint , the (Word deleted) that happens on our road ways . You worried about heavy tint. Leave the vehicle clear as day for theives to an X-ray veiw of my vehicle . Man go find the plain white police van with satellite looking device on top and remove the tint on it and also the police who’s personal vehicles too , not calling names , my partner . The same way they use it as form of security . What, you’ll want too have us at the mercy of of criminals . By the way if we have to go by history of how are laws are reviewed and amended , that law will never change concerning the darkeness of tint . Don’t forget the PM and Governor General vehicles

  11. Anonymous
    December 22, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Most vehicle from 2010 are sold tented from the manufacturer. I dont see your point
    My police man with out dated laws.

  12. Anonymous
    December 22, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    some of you all lucians are so ignorant like some of you can read and can’t comprehend and some of u just plain stupid. it never seems to amaze me how lucians are so ignorant. people please read and understand what the article. and to the one who complained about the PM and GG vehicle please know your laws some of those might be exempted.

  13. Sackawinkie
    December 22, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    It is very; very; very sad, but true: those who are to first show integrity in the system; are the ones doing contreary. Start to show an example; the people cannot respect you, when they see and know; listening and/or reading some of these comments. Think it is far too long over due: the fine, set it high! Young people, please stop to think; “is it worth it: was it worth it.” Ppl, “every” sin committed “MUST” be paid for; we get away with nothing; absolutely nothing; see, “there are consequences for our sins”, that cannot be un-done; hear me; “Consequences for our sins MUST be met, and paid…up to the third and forth generation. You may think “I get away; but NO, GOD sees, and I MUST pay; or the children to the third and forth generation.. STOP THE SENSELESS KILLINGS! Judgment Day is comming!

  14. Me
    December 22, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    There are so many police vehicles(privately owned) with their entire windscreen tinted (that’s got to be illegal right?) Also, they PM’s personal vehicle has its entire windscreen tinted, is it legal then?

    1. Garcon
      December 23, 2016 at 1:32 am

      Why would you want to see inside the PM’s vehicle ?

      You don’t expect the PM to have a higher level of security, no ?

      Is that unreasonable?

      I would focus rather on the young criminals driving around watching everybodys business and feeding their criminal freinds with the information. Then they strike, the ride and drive up and down and claim the run bars. These bars are the hangout spots for criminals handling guns and drugs !!!!

  15. Anonymous
    December 22, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Also please look into the HID lights these things are blinding and will soon contribute to accidents on island. This is CRAZY!! WHY HASNT SOMETHING BEEN DONE about this.


    1. hmm
      December 23, 2016 at 3:03 am

      What about the 2 vehicles i own which came with H.I.Ds from factory?

  16. Anonymous
    December 22, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    What about the driving schools that have those learners driving in these tinted vehicles. They already can’t drive and make it worst their glass always up

  17. Anonymous
    December 22, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Y’all lucians really ignorant,why don’t y’all abide by the law and stop complaining about police and government vehicles.

  18. Tom
    December 23, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Ask him what’s the percentage of the tint on his vehicle and also the other police officers with their windscreen tinted …don’t let me start mentioning names ..them law enforcers r to ridiculous start in ur own background then take it to the street after …am guilty of it I knw

  19. Anonymous
    December 23, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Tint check………. Lets start with police officers private vehicles

  20. Mal_conchon
    December 23, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Funny thing is do they have a light meter to kno the tint percentage? I’m goin to put my windscreen tint tan. Bayties Babylon system.

  21. DiFish
    December 23, 2016 at 11:34 am

    it’s like these people not feeling how hot it is these days. and what the hell does the opacity of someones tint have to do with the police? The height makes a little sense but still sort of a useless rule. Why charge someone $250 just because you not able to see inside their vehicle? what kind of country we living in boy?

  22. Brooms
    December 23, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Bicar have it but charging ppl…

  23. No name
    December 24, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Smh practice what u preach

  24. Anonymous
    December 25, 2016 at 7:59 am

    its funny they say that when many police vehicles and lots with slg plates have heavy tint on their front windscreens

  25. Anonymous
    February 13, 2017 at 10:20 am

    The police personal vehicles are tinted in a out but we can’t if it is the law then even thee officers with their personal vehicles must nt b tinted in an out cause I know alot of them that are an have been hearing them saying is a good thing they are the law…nw that’s not setting an example..bless day

  26. Anonymous
    February 13, 2017 at 10:30 am

    A Police officer (Officer Palmer) once stopped me and complained about charging me for tinted windscreen, (something I learnt for the first time from him the officer). In talking about it to some people, I later learnt that this officer who goes around noticing tinted windscreen has his windscreen tinted as well…smh). This very officer stopped someone else and cautioned him about loud music in his vehicle, now this very officer drives around with the same loud music in his honda CRV jeep all through the town and highway………….nothing for that.
    Officer in charge of traffic, clean your house before you try to clean someone elses.