The Nigeria Tinted Glass Law / Act, The Act prohibiting the use of tinted glasses on vehicle, was enacted in 1991. Titled: Motor Vehicles (Prohibited of Tinted Glass) Act 1991, the Act forbids anybody from using “… any glass fitted on a motor vehicle to be tinted or shaded or coloured lightly or thickly; or darkened; or treated in any other way … so that the persons or objects in the motor vehicle are rendered obscured or invisible.”
The law was not effectively enforced then because the country was under military rule. Military officers and even their friends had their vehicles fitted with tinted glasses. The use of siren became a status symbol, and other road users were chased off the road, or even manhandled if they fail to give way to the siren blaring vehicles. Armed robbers use vehicles with tinted glasses and covered number plates to rob and escape arrest. The matter was made worse, when the office of the Inspector General of Police, IGP, was permitted to use its discretion to approve application for the use of tinted glasses by members of the public. A source at the police headquarters disclosed that the prohibition order would have been long enforced but political influences worked against it.
The public relations officer of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, police command, Jimoh Moshood, told Newsword that the order will be enforced as the era of unauthorised persons using vehicles with tinted glasses is gone. Although the law stipulates N2, 000 or jail term not exceeding six months or both for offenders, Moshood said the command has no intention of taking offenders to court. Officers of the commander are concerned with removing the tint off glasses of the defaulting vehicles. Ministers and other government officials are not left out in the enforcement. The vehicles of the attorney general and minister of justice, Mohammed Adoke and his national planning counterpart, Dr. Shamsudeen Usman had their tints removed.
But last week, the minister of police affairs, Humphery Enemakwu Abah, said violators of the order will be arrested and prosecuted from March 21. The minister said this is in line with the Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Tinted Glass) Act 1991. The ban was extended to users of ‘SPY number plates,’ which the minister said “have been outlawed by the Nigeria Police and offenders will be treated as people driving without registered plate numbers.”
A staff of the National Assembly, told this magazine that the command has a lot of work at hand because, almost all National Assembly members use vehicles fitted with tinted glasses and covered number plates. The law allows only the president, vice president, president of the senate, his deputy, speaker of the House of Representatives and his deputy, to use vehicles with tinted glasses, covered number plates and siren.
The Nigeria Tinted Glass Law / Acts