New York Lawmakers Want Tint Checked at Annual Vehicle Inspections

June 17th, 2015 by Casey Flores

Tinted windows are being targeted in New York.

A bill (S3345) is making its way through the New York state legislature that would require all tinted windows on vehicles to be tested during their annual inspection.

The bill’s sponsor, senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse), says, that many New Yorkers are currently “violating the law” by driving vehicles with tint exceeding state regulations (70 percent visual light transmission on the front and back side windows with no restrictions on the rear).


State Senator John DeFrancisco wants tinted vehicles to be inspected annually in New York.

The bill has passed the Senate and is in the House transportation committee. It states that if a vehicle window is composed of or treated with material that has a light transmittance of less than 70 percent, it would not pass state inspection.

“We need to start taking a proactive approach to fixing this problem,” Senator DeFrancisco says. “Dark tinted glass on cars can inhibit drivers from making necessary eye contact with pedestrians and other drivers. It can also place law enforcement in jeopardy when making traffic stops or conducting investigations because he or she cannot see what activity is occurring in the vehicle.”

Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA, has little confidence the bill will pass.

“Almost every year there are one or more bills introduced in New York State to further restrict or limit the use of window film on automobiles in that state,” he says. “The law there already prohibits the use of almost all films except some almost clear UV-protection films or very dark films on limousines or multi-passenger vehicles, so they are merely looking at becoming more restrictive in a state that has little legal market for automotive window films as is.”

Smith explains that almost every year, the proposed bills die in the legislature “due to concerns over budgetary and enforcement constraints. The IWFA tries to monitor all these bills and identify those which might prevent a future market for films from developing there, but most of these proposed bills will either die or if not will have little impact on the legal market for films there today.”

Tiffany Latino, communications director for the senator, echoes Smith’s remarks. She’s not convinced the bill will make it past the House transportation committee before it goes on recess, which is in a few days.

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  1. What are they going to do with the car manufactures who put this privacy glass on the back and side widows of cars ?This is a problem all over the world. Are the car manufacures a law unto their own?
    I like the idea of testing the car for dark window tinting as I agree it can be a problem at night with visibility. Leon Levy Klingshield South Africa.

  2. I completely agree with Sen. John A. Defrancisco’s Senate Bill (S3354) . I believe that there is widespread abuse the present law regarding tinted glass to the point that it is dangerous to other drivers and especially to law enforcement officials. I support the bill, and hope that others do also. The New York State DMV should make this part of their testing requirement for the annual State inspection. Car manufacturers and after market tinters should also play by the rules or be fined.

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