Major U.S. City Will Soon Ticket Illegally Tinted Parked Cars

May 29th, 2024 by Casey Flores

In what seems to be a first-of-its-kind ordinance, one major U.S. city will soon start ticketing illegally tinted windows on parked cars.

Coming after a unanimous 15-0 vote, the Philadelphia City Council passed a bill that will allow the city to issue car owners a fine of $100 if its windows are tinted beyond the state limit—even if the car is simply parked.

Pennsylvania’s automotive tint law limits the windows to 70% visible light transmission or lighter.

The bill was signed by the city’s Mayor Cherelle Parker May 1, 2024 and will go into effect 60 days after its signing—July 1. It’s already having an impact on local tint shop business.

“It’s going to open up the floodgates for everything aftermarket on cars,” says David Rutherford, owner of Elite Glass Tinting in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb. “Two or three people called the day it got announced and decided to hold off until they figured out it was going to work.”

He’s also had several people in to remove the existing tint.

City Councilman Mike Driscoll told local news station ABC 6 the Council is “just trying to let folks know this is the sort of situation that we don’t want to put law enforcement in,” referring to traffic stops for illegal tint.

Rutherford is doubtful it’s about officer safety.

“It’s definitely a money grab,” he says. “They’re banking on people being unwilling to fight this and the traffic court is a complete and utter disaster,” so people are unlikely to fight it, he projects.

While only Philadelphia has introduced this for now, CNBC reports that cities nationwide are cash-strapped and there may be no easier target than parked cars and tinted windows is low-hanging fruit, especially with a vague statewide window tint law. Philadelphia School Districts alone has a $407 million deficit.

Is this the start of a major industry fight? Could you see this happening in your city? Leave a comment below.

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  1. Just another way the crooked government will try to take more money away from the citizens! Shameful!

  2. We will see how long this lasts for? What is going to happen when 78,000 Eagles fans exit The Linc and find a ticket on their car? Many of the parking lots in the stadium area are city owned. These idiots always find a way to rob the public. The last one was a tax on “sugary drinks” to help pay for after school daycare and help kids drink better. Yeh right.

  3. So this is state number 2. Already passed last year in Ann Arbor, MI. The other cities will soon follow suit. The city police can ticket the parked car and mail it to you. They are barred from pulling you over. Interested to see what happens in the future.

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