The government is set to meet with tint manufacturers in the Philippines next week to discuss "technicalities" before the release of an administrative order that would regulate the use of tints on vehicles, an official said Wednesday.
"We've already set a meeting with tint manufacturers para mas maintindihan namin yung technicalities nito at para mas mapaganda yung administrative order for the regulation of tints," Atty. Vic Nuñez, legal counsel of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), said in a press conference.
The proposed tint regulation was announced a day before the implementation of the Anti-Distracted Driving Law that prohibits the use of gadgets while driving. Drivers with contraptions attached to windshields (except small gadgets behind rear view mirror) will also be apprehended under the law.
Traffic officials said it would be easier to make arrests if all motorists comply with the existing presidential decree against the excessive use of tints on vehicles.
"May presidential decree na nag-a-allow lang ng certain degree of window tint. Maaaring nagrelax lang o nakalimutan na ito kaya magre-re-issue kami ng reminder," Land Transportation Office chief Edgar Galvante said.
Tinted cars were banned in the Philippines during the presidency of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos as an anti-crime measure.
"We want to re-impose it because the law still stands and the policy will help in apprehending violators," Galvante said.