Utah Senator Pushes to Reduce Legal Tint Limit with Proposed Amendment

February 7th, 2018 by Katherine Coig

Utah State Senator Lincoln Fillmore is pushing to revise the state’s tint law by introducing an amendment that would lower the permissible visible light transmittance (VLT) on vehicle side windows to 35 percent. The state’s current law allows no less than 43 percent VLT.

“Utah, among those with window tinting standards, has the third most restrictive window tinting standard in the states,” Fillmore said to the Committee on Business and Labor. “Two-thirds of states have standards that are more relaxed than Utah’s. Utah is the most restrictive state in the Intermountain West. Only one state west of the Mississippi, our good friends in California, have a more restrictive standard for window tinting than Utah does.”

Fillmore introduced SB 102 to the committee, where he requested the VLT be lowered to 25 percent. “An argument you’re going to hear today is that this is going to create safety problems; that it’s going to reduce visibility, lead to more accidents and highway fatalities,” he added. “There’s just no correlation between the amount of window tinting and the highway safety per vehicle miles traveled. I’ve sought statistics on this over the three or four months that I’ve been working on this bill, and I cannot find any data from any source demonstrating that the states that have more restrictions are safer, or states that have more relaxed restrictions than Utah have any higher incident of vehicle un-safeness.”

Speaking in favor of the bill, Molly Davis, a Utah resident, noted that darker window film helps to deter thieves, reduces the chances of developing skin cancer and creates a more private space for women who need to breastfeed.

Colonel Mike Rapich, superintendent with the Utah Highway Patrol, spoke in opposition of the bill, citing officer safety as a concern, as well as highway safety, making the analogy that tint is reminiscent of “wearing sunglasses at night.”

In response to Colonel Rapich’s comment of highway safety, Jeremy Roberts, a resident of Draper City and runner of the bill, said, “We took the exact same window tint gauge that the highway patrol uses, and we went out to the police cars in the parking lot outside, and it’s interesting—the average window tint on police cars that are parked in the state capitol parking lot are at 26 percent. So if there’s a concern of public safety of wearing sunglasses at night as you’re driving, one needs to ask the question of: How dangerous is it for our highway patrol officers to be driving with window tint that dark when there’s obviously a public safety issue? I would think if that’s a serious concern of highway patrol, we would want to make sure those officers were as safe as possible as they’re driving those cars.”

Before clearing the Senate floor, however, State Senator Daniel Hemmert revised the proposal to 35 percent.

The bill was passed favorably with five “yeas” and two “nays” and is on the calendar for a second reading.

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  1. Good news good news, have you heard the news? A bill was passed to allow for a thirty five percent window tint. This will open up a new and larger market for window tinting shops. Good luck with your sales. Leon Levy Klingshield South Africa.

  2. I have been tinting windows in Utah for 25 years. Our current law is a net 43% law. Changing it to 35% net law will not really change the day to day anyway. The people proposing the law and writing the law should consult with people in the industry. Think about it? Is the police cars in the parking lot of the state capital Meter 26% they have 35% film on them. I do you love the fact that they’re trying to make changes. But once again we are spinning our wheels to accomplish nothing. The lawn needs to be 28% net with plus or minus 5% for meter discrepancies. Do that and I will throw a party.

  3. Why is it that only the highway patrol give a dam about tint? Officer safety? Come on, there would be 50% less stops, for nothing but tint. That sounds like officer safety to me.

  4. I’m curious if this Bill has been revisited?

  5. Any news on this law as to if its changed

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