Petition in Martinique against vehicle tint ban

An online petition has been launched in Martinique against new vehicle tint regulations.

The regulations will come into force on January 1, 2017.

From that date, drivers who have their car windows tinted beyond the 30 percent limit will be penalized.

Offenders will face a 135 Euro fine and three demerits on their driver’s license.

However in the past few weeks concerned drivers have created a Facebook page and an internet petition aimed at getting the authorities to review the proposed new measure.

Martinique officials have said that the new tint regulations should allow law enforcers better visibility when conducting roadside checks  to observe seat belt and other violations, such as the use of mobile telephones while driving.


But those who have launched the petition against the new regulations coming into effect argue, among other things, that the harsh sunshine experienced in Martinique requires a higher grade of vehicle tint for protection against skin damage.


  1. Anonymous
    December 29, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Faulty argument. Vehicle tinting does not keep out the damaging UV light, which is responsible for skin damage. See you soon, come January.

    1. Anonymous
      December 29, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Google is my friend. It can be yours too:

      As the Cancer Council Australia Position statement states1:
      Clear or tinted films can also reduce the amount of UVA and UVB penetrating through the side glass. The amount of protection varies with different products.

  2. Anonymous
    December 29, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Ummmmmm (Word deleted) it protects the passages and internal vehicle components against uv rays. It definitely helps assist the air conditioning system last longer in terms of keeping the vehicle cooler longer. Try reading…

  3. the doctor
    December 29, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Prolonged human exposure to solar UV radiation may result in acute and chronic health effects on the skin, eye and immune system. Sunburn (erythema) is the best-known acute effect of excessive UV radiation exposure. Over the longer term, UV radiation induces degenerative changes in cells of the skin, fibrous tissue and blood vessels leading to premature skin aging, photodermatoses and actinic keratoses. Another long-term effect is an inflammatory reaction of the eye. In the most serious cases, skin cancer and cataracts can occur.

    Skin cancer data from UK
    Over 65,000 cases of skin cancer were reported in 1999
    The number of skin cancer cases has more than doubled since the early 80s
    Over 2,000 people die from skin cancer each year
    For more information, go to the UK SunSmart web site
    Between 2 and 3 million non-melanoma skin cancers, e.g. basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas, are diagnosed each year, but are rarely fatal and can be surgically removed. Approximately 130,000 malignant melanomas occur globally each year, substantially contributing to mortality rates in fair-skinned populations. An estimated 66,000 deaths occur annually from melanoma and other skin cancers.

    Worldwide some 12 to 15 million people become blind from cataracts annually, of which up to 20% may be caused or enhanced by sun exposure according to WHO estimates. Furthermore, a growing body of evidence suggests that environmental levels of UV radiation may suppress cell-mediated immunity and thereby enhance the risk of infectious diseases and limit the efficacy of vaccinations. Both of these act against the health of poor and vulnerable groups, especially children of the developing world. Many developing countries are located close to the equator and hence, people are exposed to the very high levels of UV radiation that occur in these regions.

    It is a popular misconception that only fairskinned people need to be concerned about overexposure to the sun. Darker skin has more protective melanin pigment, and the incidence of skin cancer is lower in darkskinned people. Nevertheless, skin cancers do occur with this group and unfortunately they are often detected at a later, more dangerous stage. The risk of UV radiation-related health effects on the eye and immune system is independent of skin type.

    For further reading beyond the following web sites a comprehensive summary and review of UV-related health effects can be found in the WHO Environmental Health Criteria Monograph Ultraviolet Radiation

    Global burden of disease assessment

    WHO has now published the report entitled “Global burden of disease from solar ultraviolet radiation” that provides detailed estimates of UV-associated disease burden worldwide. Using established methodology and best available estimates on UV-related mortality and morbidity, this report estimates that annually around 1.5 mill DALYs (Disability-adjusted life years) are lost through excessive UV exposure. The report gives region, age and sex-specific estimates and includes detailed methodological considerations. A counterfactual zero population exposure to UV would generate a substantial burden of disease through diseases of vitamin D deficiency. This, however, is only a theoretical possibility since the large majority of people is casually exposed to UV radiation such that extremely low Vitamin D levels are rarely found.

  4. Anonymous
    December 29, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Bs excuses. Laws are there for a reason and authorities should be able to see drivers and passengers. #protection from the sun Lol that’s a first#we come up with an excuse for everything we want to get away with Loool

  5. Anonymous
    December 29, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    You are nothing but an ignorant person can’t Read. Idiot.