In Nigeria, except with the permission of the Inspector-General of Police, it is an offence for any glass fitted on a motor vehicle to be tinted either lightly or thickly, so that the persons or objects in the vehicle are rendered obscure or invisible”.

The grounds under which the Inspector-General may permit use of tinted glasses are health and Security grounds.

However, having a medical report or recommendation to make use of tinted glasses does not suffice, rather a person coming under health grounds must take additional steps of obtaining a written permission from the Inspector General of Police.

The law recognizes that there are some vehicles brought into the country with the glass already tinted, however, Vehicle importers and buyers are allowed to change the glasses within a period of 14 days of arrival in Nigeria or purchase (as the case may be)

SEE SECTION 1 & 3 Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Tinted Glass) Act

The Act was promulgated on 8th day of February, 1991 by the then military President of Nigeria; General Ibrahim B. Babangida prohibiting the tinting and use of cars with tinted glasses. The said decree is now known as Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Tinted Glass) Act.

Arome Abu is the Managing Partner of Abu & Olaniyan Partners.

CAVEAT: Note that this information is provided for general enlightenment purposes and is not intended to be any form of legal advice.

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