Requires inspection of the vehicle windshield and window light transmittance during annual vehicle safety inspection to assure that such glass surfaces are in compliance with provisions limiting tinting.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to requiring periodic inspection of motor vehicle windows
PURPOSE: To require the inspection of vehicle windshield and window light transmittance during annual vehicle safety inspections.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one amends paragraph 1 of subdivision (c) of section 301 of the vehicle and traffic law by adding a new subparagraph (c) to require the inspection of vehicle windshield and window light transmittance during annual vehicle safety inspections.
Section 2 provides the effective date.
EXISTING LAW: Section 375(12-a)(b) of the Vehicle and Traffic law provides that no motor vehicle may be operated on any public highway, road or street with windows that are composed of, covered by or treated with any material that has a light transmittance of less than 70%.
JUSTIFICATION: Excessively tinted windows on a motor vehicle impair the driver's ability to adequately see the surrounding environment, especially at night. This not only diminishes the driver's ability to safely operate his or her vehicle, but also poses a hazard to pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists who might not be seen by such a driver.
What's more, police enforcement issues such as drinking while driving and illegal cell phone usage cannot be enforced unless the police have an unobstructed view of the vehicle's interior. Additionally, police officer safety at traffic stops and check points demands that the officer have an unobstructed view of the vehicle driver and passengers at all times.
This bill is necessary to ensure the safety of law enforcement officers and the public by guaranteeing that tinted windows have the required light transmittance of no less than 70%.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2007-08: S.1350/A.2107 - Referred to Transportation 2009-10: S.4416/A.6148 - Referred to Transportation
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the 30th day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2929 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 3, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. JOHNSON, DeFRANCISCO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Trans- portation AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to requiring periodic inspection of motor vehicle windows THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph 1 of subdivision (c) of section 301 of the vehi- cle and traffic law is amended by adding a new subparagraph (c) to read as follows: (C) SUCH SAFETY INSPECTION SHALL INCLUDE AN EXAMINATION OF THE WINDOWS OF THE MOTOR VEHICLE TO ASSURE COMPLIANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF PARA- GRAPH (B) OF SUBDIVISION TWELVE-A OF SECTION THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY-FIVE OF THIS TITLE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07166-01-1