New Jersey Introduces Two Tinting Bills

March 9th, 2022 by Chris Collier

The New Jersey legislature has introduced two bills with potential industry implications.

NJ A 3472

Sponsored by Republican Ronald S. Dancer, this newly-proposed bill concerns the “Santiago/Ramos/Liu Police Protection Act”; requires certain law enforcement vehicles to have tinted windows. The bill was introduced on March 8, and its statement reads as follows:

“This bill, to be known and cited as the “Santiago/Ramos/Liu Police Protection Act,” requires any law enforcement agency in this State purchasing and using a new motor vehicle to have tinted windows which permit only the minimum light transmittance as may be required pursuant to federal law, rule, or regulation. The bill applies only to vehicles clearly and conspicuously marked as those used for law enforcement purposes. The window tinting requirement would apply to law enforcement vehicles purchased on or after the first day of the fourth month next following the date of the bill’s enactment.

The title of the bill honors Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago and New York City police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, all of whom were murdered in 2014.”

NJ A 3496

Also sponsored by Republican Ronald S. Dancer, this bill revises and clarifies law concerning permissible motor vehicle window tint. Filed on March 8, one particular amendment cites:

“R.S.39:3-74 is amended to read as follows:

… A person shall not drive a motor vehicle with any tinted material or film on the windshield or front side windows unless the material or film is: (1) applied by the motor vehicle manufacturer prior to the sale of the vehicle and the tinted material and film permits a light transmittance of less than 70 percent, except as applied to the top six inches of the windshield or above the AS-1 marking on the windshield, (2) authorized pursuant to P.L.1999, c.308 (C.39:3-75.1 et seq.), or (3) installed on a vehicle used solely for law enforcement purposes. Notwithstanding R.S.39:3-79 or any other law to the contrary, a person in violation of this paragraph shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $100.

The chief administrator shall adopt, pursuant to the “Administrative Procedure Act,” P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), rules and regulations to measure and test permissible motor vehicle window tint and light transmittance requirements pursuant to this section.

(cf: R.S.39:3-74)”

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  1. “…and the tinted material and film permits a light transmittance of less than 70 percent”
    Should probably say ” no less than 70 percent…”

    Either way, poorly worded. That’s not surprising for legal code, however.

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