Proposed South Carolina Bill Aims to Lower VLT Limit

December 20th, 2017 by Katherine Coig

A proposed amendment to current legislation has been submitted to the South Carolina state legislature that would revise the level of visible light transmittance (VLT) for window films installed on a vehicle’s windshield, side windows and rear window to allow no less than 20 percent.

The proposed amendment reads, “A single sunscreening device may be installed on the side wings or side windows, or both, located at the immediate right and left of the driver and the side windows behind the driver. The sunscreening device must be nonreflective and the combined light transmission of the sunscreening device with the factory or manufacturer installed sunscreening material must not be less than twenty percent.

“Beginning January 1, 2018, a single sunscreening device to be applied to the rear-most window must be nonreflective and the combined light transmission of the sunscreening device with the factory or manufacturer installed sunscreening material must not be less than twenty percent. If a sunscreening device is used on the rear-most window, one right and one left outside rearview mirror is required.”

Currently, the state’s law requires no less than 27-percent VLT.

The bill has been pre-filed, meaning it was submitted for introduction or first reading before the 2018 session begins. It will be introduced to the House Committee on Judiciary in 2018.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. J. Todd Rutherford.

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  1. The interesting part of the bill calls for a mirror.

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