The Senate Makes Additional Changes to Tint Bill

April 24th, 2019 by Emmariah Holcomb

Virginia has a few changes in its legislation that might impact your business. The legislature will consider making changes to the current industry vehicle tint laws during this years’ session.

The Virginia bill, also referred to as S1174, was first introduced earlier this year and did not seek to change the current language, instead it aimed to change the order the information is presented regarding vehicle tint.

Now however, S1174 is seeking to remove language found in the current text and emphasize regulations on vehicle tint on side, front and rear windows and a vehicle’s windshield. Several sections, if passed, would be removed that relate to a vehicle’s front side windows. The bill looks to limit the images, or decals from these areas. Some of the language to be removed are as follows:

“Front side windows means those windows located adjacent to and forward of the driver’s seat; Holographic effect means a picture or image that may remain constant or change as the viewing angle is changed; Multipurpose passenger vehicle means any motor vehicle that is (i) designed to carry no more than 10 persons and (ii) constructed either on a truck chassis or with special features for occasional off-road use; Prism effect means a visual, iridescent, or rainbow-like effect that separates light into various colored components that may change depending on viewing angle; Rear side windows means those windows located to the rear of the driver’s seat; Rear window or “rear windows means those windows which are located to the rear of the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle and which are approximately parallel to the windshield,” a portion of the text reads.

There are several portions related to vehicle tint restrictions. The bill states that no “sun-shading” or tinting film may be applied to any window without mirrors being located on the sides of the vehicle. The following section regarding vehicle tint can be read in four sections throughout S1174.

“Except as otherwise provided in this article or permitted by federal law, it shall be unlawful for any person to operate any motor vehicle on a highway with any colored or tinted film, sun-shading material, or other colored material on the windshield, front or rear side windows, or rear windows of such motor vehicle. This provision, however, shall not apply to any certificate or other paper required by law or permitted by the Superintendent to be placed on a motor vehicle’s windshield or window,” a portion of the text reads.

To view S1174’s full text, click here.

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