Trucking Group Denies IWFA Exemption Application

June 17th, 2015 by Casey Flores

Truckers are going to have to settle for the tint regulations as they currently are—for now.

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Trucks still can’t tint darker than 70 percent, per the FMCSA.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has denied an exemption application from the International Window Film Association (IWFA) to allow the use of window film that does not meet the light transmission requirements in the windows to the immediate right and left of the driver specified in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR).

“We are very disappointed with FMCSA’s decision, especially after having worked closely with the agency for more than three years on this project,” says Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA.

The current rule permits windshields and side windows of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to be tinted as long as the light transmission is not restricted to less than 70 percent of normal.

The ruling states that while association made the case that reduced light improves driver comfort, reduces eye strain and lowers the heat of the interior environment, it failed to provide any evidence that changing the ruling would increase safety.

“CMVs equipped with [film] that blocks more normal light than currently permitted will [not] achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained by complying with the regulation,” the ruling reads.

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