New York State Changes its Tinting Law

New York State has changed several of its driving laws and regulations. If you are driving around with street legal tints, you may want to check to make sure that your tints do not violate recent changes to the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.

New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law does not allow a windshield or front side windows to block more than 30 percent of the light coming into a vehicle, meaning that 70 percent or more of the light from the outside must pass through the window.  This law also applies to the rear window unless the vehicle has outside rear-view mirrors on both sides that provide the driver with a full and clear view behind the vehicle.  Rear side windows must also allow at least 70 percent of light from the outside to pass through the window if the vehicle is classified as a station wagon, sedan, hardtop, coupe, hatchback or convertible.  A vehicle falls into one of these categories if it is labeled “Passenger Car” on the Federal ID label found on the left front door panel.  But if the label says MPV (multi-purpose vehicle), truck, bus, etc., then the vehicle’s side windows to the rear of the driver’s seat are exempt from widow tint inspection.

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