Window Film Bills May Change Business Practices in the Midwest

February 20th, 2019 by Emmariah Holcomb

Legislatures in Ohio, Iowa, and Kansas will consider making changes to current laws that affect the window film industry during this years’ sessions.

The newly-introduced bill in Ohio, also referred to as H77, modifies rules related to the use of sun screening and reflectorized materials on motor vehicles. H77 defines sun screening material as film, glazing and perforated sun screening, that when applied to the windshield or windows of a motor vehicle, reduce the effects of the light reflectance or transmittance of the sun.

Ohio’s new bill also defines transmittance, window and windshield within its text.

“Transmittance means the ratio of the amount of total light, expressed in percentages, that is allowed to pass through sunscreening material to the amount of total light falling on the sunscreening material,” a section of the bill reads.

To view H77’s full text, click here.

The newly-introduced bill in Iowa, also referred to as S271,would allow a minimum transparency of 35 percent to vehicle’s windows to the right or left of the driver. The new bill also includes protocol for officers approaching vehicles with higher amounts of tint on their vehicle windows.

“If a peace officer stops a motor vehicle equipped with a side window to the immediate right or left of the driver which has a transparency of seventy percent light transmittance or less, the driver shall lower the side window on the side of the officer’s approach of the vehicle to the side window’s lowest possible position prior to the completion of the officer’s approach of the vehicle, and shall keep the side window in the lowest possible position for the duration of the stop,” a section of the bill reads.

S271 was introduced in the Senate last week. It states, “vehicle owners in the state can not operate a vehicle with less than the minimum standard of transparency”, which is 35 percent.

To view the full text, click here.

The Kansas bill, H2087, was introduced last week in the House. If passed, it would define the legal tint amount and provide specifications and exceptions for those with medical reasons for window tints throughout the state.

“The provisions of subsection shall not apply to the installation, affixation or application of a clear, colorless and transparent material that may be installed, affixed or applied to the windshields, side wings, side windows or rear windows of a motor vehicle if the following conditions are met:

  • The material has a minimum visible light transmittance of 88 percent;
  • The window glazing with the material applied meets all requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 205, including the specified minimum light transmittance of 70 percent, and the abrasion resistance of AS-14 glazing, as specified in that federal standard;
  • The material is designed and manufactured to enhance the ability of the existing window glass to block the sun’s harmful ultraviolet A or B rays;
  • The driver or occupant of the vehicle possesses a signed statement from a licensed physician or licensed optometrist,” reads a portion of the bill.

To view H2087’s full text, click here.

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