Any vehicle operating in Baja California Sur may not have window tinting in the front passenger compartment (front, left or right) greater than 35%.Strict enforcement begins tomorrow. This is ammended information to our earlier article quote a local press report that it was ALL passengercabin windows.
One might say the good news is it isn't yet an infraction you need to talk your way out of. They just remove the tinting on the spot for/with you.
In 2014 both Baja California and Baja California Sur passed legislation making window tinting on any of the front passenger compartment windows illegal, greater than 35% (about the usual tint factory installed IN the glass.) A 35% tint is very light, and as such may have escaped your notice.
It was announced in the local press that strict enforcement of the law will begin February 1, 2017. The city of La Paz began stronger enforcement of this the first of the year and since then I have passed three checkpoints in the city where they would remove the tint on the spot for you. They also are checking licenses and registration at these checkpoints.
If you are stopped by a federal officer they also have the right to check your immigration status and proof of Mexican Auto Liability Insurance on Federal Highways (which includes most of Baja California Sur outside the city limits of La Paz, Loreto, and Constitucion. Most of the tip of the peninsula is on federal roads including Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.
The law was created to help curtail the narco related shootings that surged in Baja California Sur in 2014-15. The police want to be able to see into the car at a distance before making an approach in a traffic stop. The announcement today made it clear, the operation of a vehicle in Baja Sur of ANY registration is subject to the laws of the state and they do have the right to remove it from foreign plated cars, so smile, grin and bear it.
To be sure the authorities will be scraping a lot of tint, as the practice of darkened window is very popular in our hot climate.