Traffic police and the Road Transport Department announced in May 2014 that an operation on automotive tinted windows will be carried out on June 16 the same year. However, it was highly disputed as the devices that measure light transmission level used by the law enforcement team and the industry players were of different brands, and therefore showed different results on a certain products. Auto Audio, Accessories and Air-Condition Traders Association (AAA), led by Lim Bee Choo, expressed the concerns on behalf of the industry players on the matter. The operation was then postponed to May 1, 2015.
However, the postponement in operation did not resolve the issue of different measurements in light transmission levels of a certain product between the two parties. The best solution is to set a new mechanism to standardise the measurements and product quality.
On April 20, 2015, AAA introduced by the president of the FEMACGA, YB Senator Dato Chai Kim Sen, to meet with Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai to demonstrate and explain the differences between the detection devices.
The meeting received great response. As the Transport Minister understood the real issue, he ordered that the ministry and the AAA to seek for a solution jointly. Moreover, the operation was once again postpone indefinitely until a solution is reached.
Given the mandate by the ministry, the AAA started to meet with different ministries and organisations to gauge more thoughts and suggestions from the industry. From there, multiple parties contribute their opinions on how to reach a solution.
Along the process, all parties agreed that the adoption of SIRIM’ s “Malaysian Standard” mechanism would help to resolve the problem. As the most trusted standard, products with such label are known to be qualified, high quality and safe-to-use.
With the help of SIRIM, the AAA got to work with the laboratory, QAV Technologies, commissioned by SIRIM to roll out preparations for the new mechanism, such as determine the standard tests of tint films, quality and class differentiation, requirements and qualifications as well as the system that stores all relevant information that can be used by all parties. It requested that the system user design must be simple and easy-to-use to maximise the easiness and efficiency of law enforcement.
Therefore, after extensive research and experiments, all parties came to an agreement that “MS QR Code Security Label” will be used to detect the light transmission levels of the tint films. The law enforcers only need to scan the QR code to read whether the tint film complies with the requirements. They could also be connected with the Road Transport Department to access information that they need any time.
As such, industry players and consumers would not need to perform vehicle inspection just because the law enforcers suspect that the product does not comply.
The setting of the standard tests, the security labels and the system that could benefit importers, manufacturers, retailer, mechanism management team, consumers and law enforcers come with a cost. The system will be updated periodically and the security details of the system would maximise the protection of personal data.
All these require some resources to support so that it could sustain. The tax-inclusive price of six pieces of security labels for a car is fix at RM20, which is affordable for the industry players. After all, it ensures that the system could run smoothly. QAV, while making a profit, also rewards the industry players and consumers by pledge donation to the association and initiate other studies related to automotive accessories, bringing positive impact and pushing growth for the industry.￼￼