Illegal window tints

Q: I got pulled over by the police, who noticed that I had a tint in my front passenger window.

They say it’s illegal but I’ve had the car for three years, I’ve taken it to three different MoT test centres in that time and I’ve never been stoped by the police before.

I got a fixed penalty notice which meant a £100 fine and three points on my licence. Can I appeal this?

I got a fixed penalty notice which meant a £100 fine and three points on my licence

A: Your only chance would be to take the matter to court and argue special reasons on the basis that you did not realise that the tint was illegal, or persuade the court that you were unaware of the issue and the risks.

You may be able to avoid the points. Based on what you’ve said you have a decent chance of avoiding the three points but you’ll need help from a lawyer if you want to stand a realistic chance. These are complicated legal issues.


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