Tint your ride, but roll down the windows in Mexico
There have been several public complaints from Belizeans who headed to Chetumal over the last weekend. The motorists are peeved about being held by Mexican authorities for driving a vehicle with heavily tinted windows. According to Marcelino Miranda, Mexico’s Press Officer, the dark windows are illegal once you cross the border at Subtiniente Lopez. Belizeans, however, are not penalized because it is a common trend this side of the border and the Mexicans prefer to turn a blind eye in exchange for the business. But Miranda says that visitors should roll down their windows.
Marcelino Miranda, Press Officer, Mexican Embassy
“In Chetumal, the rest of Quintana Roo state and the rest of Mexico, tinted windows are prohibited. They are banned. Except some tinted windows made by manufacturers. But in the case of Chetumal and in other cities of Mexico, the government of Mexico understands that lots of Belizean cars have tinted windows. That’s the reason we have confirmation by the government of Quintana Roo that Belizean drivers who have tinted windowed cars, they are not going to receive tickets from the police in Chetumal or in the rest of Quintana Roo. This is a courtesy to Belizeans who are visiting Quintana Roo.
They are asking visitors to roll down the windows if they are tinted because this ban in Mexico is for security reasons. So we are asking-the government of Quintana Roo, the Embassy of Mexico are asking the Belizeans to just roll down the windows for security reasons. It seems that some Belizeans have complained that they have been detained by the police in Chetumal about their tinted windows. So we just want to remind the Belizean public that they are not going to receive a ticket but they are going to be detained if they don’t roll down the windows if the car is tinted.”