Shed light on use of sunshades on car windows

I am concerned about the growing popularity of partial sunshades on the front windows of cars.

These devices are propped on the windows, lowering visibility except for a small portion that allows the driver to look at the side mirrors of the car.

All learner drivers are taught to check their blind spots before changing lanes, making turns or undertaking any other relevant action on the roads.

Failure to check a blind spot, or incorrectly checking a blind spot, carries significant demerit points during the driving test itself.

The design of these sunshades is such that they do not provide adequate visibility, and drivers are unable to check their blind spots when using these shades.

There is a lack of clarity on whether the use of such shades is explicitly prohibited by regulations. The Land Transport Authority provides guidelines on what can and cannot be used as in-vehicle modifications. These sunshades appear in neither list.

Perhaps the authorities can shed some light on this matter.

Ikhsan Suri

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2018, with the headline 'Shed light on use of sunshades on car windows'. Print Edition | Subscribe