• June 23, 2021

ABOUT THE MOTOR VEHICLES (PROHIBITION OF TINTED GLASS) ACT


Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police Usman Alkali Baba has announced the immediate suspension of tinted vehicle windscreens in Nigeria.

The IGP announced this on Monday during a meeting with senior police officers including commissioners and DIGs from across the states.

He also directed that the issuance of spy number plates be put on hold.

This according to the IGP is part of efforts being put in place to curtail the worsening security challenges across the country.

While making the announcement, he reiterated that roadblocks remain prohibited in the country and warned that heads of commands must enforce it and key into the road patrol strategy as an alternative to roadblocks.

Tinted Glass Law

General Ibrahim Babangida in February 1991 promulgated a decree prohibiting the tinting and use of cars with tinted glasses.

This according to him is to protect society from insecurity.

The decree is now known as the Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Tinted Glass) Act, 1991; made up of only six (6) sections.

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

SECTION

1. Permission to tint glass on motor vehicles.

2. Prohibition of tinted glass on motor vehicles.

3. Duty of buyer to change glass.

4. Penalties, etc.

5. Jurisdiction.

6. Short title.

An Act to prohibit the tinting or treating in any other way any glass fitted in a mo-

tor vehicle so as to render persons in the vehicle obscure or invisible.

[1991 No. 6.]

[8th February, 1991]

[Commencement.]

1. Permission to tint glass on motor vehicles

(1) Except with the permission of the appropriate authority designated for the pur-

poses of this Act and for such good cause as may be determined from time to time by the

appropriate authority, no person shall cause any glass fitted on a motor vehicle to be-

(a) tinted; or

(b) shaded; or

(c) coloured lightly or thickly; or

(d) darkened; or

(e) treated in any other way,

so that the persons or objects in the motor vehicle are rendered obscure or invisible.

(2) In this section “good cause” means health or security reasons.

2. Prohibition of tinted glass on motor vehicles

(1) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in any law or enactment any

person who without the permission of the appropriate authority-

(a) causes any glass fitted on a motor vehicle to be treated in any manner specified

in section 1 (1) of this Act;

(b) does or omits to do any act for the purpose of enabling or aiding another per-

son to tint, shade, colour, darken or treat in any other way any glass fitted on a

motor vehicle in any manner specified in section 1 (1) of this Act;

(c) aids another person in tinting, shading, colouring, darkening or treating in any

other way any glass fitted on a motor vehicle in any manner specified in sec-

tion I (1) of this Act; or

(d) counsels or procures any other person to tint, shade, colour, darken or treat in

any other way, any glass fitted on a motor vehicle,

commits an offence under this Act and shall be punished in the manner set out in this Act.

(2) Any person who commits an offence under paragraph (d) or subsection (1) of this

section may himself be charged with tinting, shading colouring, darkening or treating in

any other way the glass fitted on the motor vehicle or with counselling or procuring the

tinting, shading, colouring, darkening or treating in any other way the glass fitted on the

motor vehicle.

(3) In this Act-

(a) reference to the “appropriate authority” means reference to the lnspectorGeneral of Police or any person or authority authorised by him to give such permission as is contemplated in subsection (1) of section 1 of this Act;

(b) reference to “permission” includes registration.

3. Duty of buyer to change glass

It shall be the duty of the buyer, donee or importer of a motor vehicle with tinted,

shaded, coloured, darkened or treated glass to change all the glass within a period of 14

days from the date of arrival in Nigeria or date of purchase (which ever is applicable in

each circumstance).

4. Penalties, etc.

(1) Any person who commits an offence under this Act shall on conviction be liable

to a fine of N2,OOO or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both such

fine and imprisonment.

(2) Where an offence under this Act has been committed by a body corporate, every

person who at the time of the commission of the offence was a proprietor, director, gen-

eral manager, secretary or other similar officer, servant or agent of the body corporate (or

a person purporting to act in any such capacity) as well as the body corporate shall be

guilty of the offence and may be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

5. Jurisdiction

The Federal High Court shall have jurisdiction to try offenders under this Act.

6. Short title

This Act may be cited as the Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Tinted Glass) Act.

SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

No Subsidiary Legislation


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