Last night, reports surfaced online about the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's (MMDA) plans to regulate car tints in a bid to curb criminal activity inside vehicles. Initial details were scarce and no guidelines or specifics were mentioned, so we reached out to the agency to shed more light on the matter.
According to MMDA spokesperson Celine Piolago, nothing is set in stone regarding the plan. She says that before any action is taken, it must undergo review by the Metro Manila Council (MMC). "Everything the MMDA will implement involves consulting the mayors first," she told us over the phone.
The official added that no guidelines are in place as of now, but she did provide details as to what the agency hopes to achieve with the regulation. "We see a lot of motorists texting while driving on CCTVs," she said. "You'll see that the reason why some vehicles are slow is because the driver is texting. It's one of the contributing factors as to why traffic is slow."
"The MMDA is not banning tints. We know it's hot outside. But very dark tints have to be regulated because you really can't see if someone is texting inside the vehicle," she added. "Tints for protecting against UV rays are okay, but tints that are black? This is what the MMDA is studying."
Asked regarding other criminal activities the regulation may reduce, Piolago says that kidnapping and rape inside cars is also a concern, though crimes like this already fall under the Philippine National Police.
So there you have it. Nothing is imminent and any new regulation regarding tints will have to undergo review first. Piolago says that if a new regulation on tints will be created, there must be a MMC memorandum and it must be publicized at least 15 days prior to implementation. We'll keep you guys posted if anything else comes up.