Bangladesh's car trade has virtually lurched to a standstill on account of... tinted windows. The country's government banned the importation of new and used vehicles that have smoked glass on December 12, 2005, putting serious crimp in the nation's flow of vehicles. It is estimated that the government has been losing revenue at the rate of Tk 300 million/day (or $4.5M USD for the currency-challenged) thanks to this law.

The decision to ban vehicles employing smoked windows came about because of a Ministry of Home Affairs request to the National Board of Revue, in which they expressed concern over the use of such cars facilitating acts of crime. The ban does not specify what level (read: percentage) of tinting is acceptable, making judgment calls on individual vehicles very problematic.

[Source: Financial Express]


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