New Law Means Vehicles with Window Tints Will Fail Inspection

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Auto inspection shops will now test for illegal window tints. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Auto inspection shops will now test for illegal window tints. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

A new law signed into effect by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday, Nov 28, 2016 will cause vehicles with tinted windows to fail their state inspection. The bill requires auto shops completing vehicle inspections to test the window tints of all vehicles and fail those with an illegal tint level.

New York State’s vehicle and traffic law requires that at least 70% of outside light be able to pass through the windshield and front side windows. The requirement also applies to the rear window unless the vehicle has outside rearview mirrors on both sides. In addition, rear side windows on any vehicle classified as a sedan, station wagon, hardtop, coupe, hatchback, or convertible must allow at least 70% of light through.

New York City police officers are particularly aggressive when it comes to window tints. One report showed that some precincts in the five boroughs issue more tickets for window tints than for speeding. Officers see darkened windows as a safety hazard, since it limits their ability to monitor driver and passenger activity during a traffic stop.

A failed inspection due to a window tint will not result in a ticket, but the driver will have to remove the window tint in order to pass the inspection. A ticket can result from driving with tinted windows and those usually cost about $80 per window. Such tickets are some of the most difficult to fight.

If you or someone you love has been ticketed for tinted windows or any other traffic offense in New York, contact an attorney for help. The lawyers of the Rosenblum Law are experienced traffic ticket attorneys with offices in New York and New Jersey. Email or call 888-203-2619 for a free consultation about your case.

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This post was written by Adam H. Rosenblum Esq.

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