So I take the new car out for a spin, and low and behold - flashing lights behind me.
Oh dear - think I - my number plates must have fallen off or something.
But oh no - it turns out my car will be, in the words of the police officer who stopped me, a magnet for being pulled over. Oh well.
As it turns out, he saw the privacy glass and decided to get the light meter out to check all my windows! Admittedly - I had gone into the 'boy racer' are of Tamworth in Ventura Park. But ah well
A mate of mine got me to fit some shop-bought dark window-tint film on his two rear-side
windows, (not a Fiesta btw). About a week later he was pulled up by the police and they did one of those light meter tests on the windows - and it failed. He was told to remove the film there and then in front of them otherwise he'd receive a spot fine and 3 points on his licence. Reluctantly he removed it.
What I don't understand is that I would have thought it would be okay to have the film on the two 'rear-side' windows. He didn't have any film on any other windows of the car. And a second point is, if this film is so 'illegal', and fails the light-meter tests, then how can a company as big as Halfords be allowed to sell it? (This point just concerns 'shop-bought' window film, btw - I sure the factory tinted glass is perfectly okay).
A final note, on a vaguely
similar theme, concerns self-adhesive sun-visor strips. We actually manufacture them for people to fit on a DIY-fitting basis, but we always have to mention that they are fitted 'at the customer's own risk' as some local police and MOT testing stations can insist they be removed. No one, including the police, seem to give an accurate answer as to how deep a sun-strip can be. Some say no more than 10% of the total windscreen height - and others say any depth as long as it doesn't go any lower than the internal drop-down sun-visors.
Anyway, it looks as though it's down to pure pot-luck when it comes to any modifications, and each area/region seem to have their own rules!