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AB1654 Summary:

BILL NOA01654B
 
SAME ASSAME AS S07025-B
 
SPONSORPerry
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §§375 & 301, V & T L
 
Relates to the level of acceptable light transmittance of automobile window tint and film.
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AB1654 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         1654--B
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 11, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. PERRY -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Transportation  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
          reprinted  as  amended  and  recommitted  to  said  committee -- again
          reported from said committee with  amendments,  ordered  reprinted  as
          amended and recommitted to said committee

        AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the level of
          acceptable light transmittance of automobile window tint and film
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Paragraphs (b) and (d) of subdivision 12-a of  section  375
     2  of  the  vehicle and traffic law, paragraph (b) as amended and paragraph
     3  (d) as added by chapter 155 of the laws of 1991, are amended to read  as
     4  follows:
     5    (b) No person shall operate any motor vehicle upon any public highway,
     6  road or street:
     7    (1) the front windshield of which is composed of, covered by or treat-
     8  ed with any material which has a light transmittance of less than seven-
     9  ty percent unless such materials are limited to the uppermost six inches
    10  of the windshield; or
    11    (2)  the  sidewings or side windows of which on either side forward of
    12  or adjacent to the operator's seat are composed of, covered by or treat-
    13  ed with any material which  has  a  light  transmittance  of  less  than
    14  [seventy] fifty percent; or
    15    (3)  if  it  is  classified as a station wagon, sedan, hardtop, coupe,
    16  hatchback or convertible and any rear side window has a light  transmit-
    17  tance of less than [seventy] fifty percent; or
    18    (4)  the  rear  window  of which is composed of, covered by or treated
    19  with any material which has a light transmittance of less than [seventy]
    20  fifty percent. A rear window may have a light transmittance of less than
    21  [seventy] fifty percent if the vehicle is equipped with side mirrors  on
    22  both sides of the vehicle so adjusted that the driver thereof shall have
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD04020-05-1

        A. 1654--B                          2
 
     1  a  clear  and full view of the road and condition of traffic behind such
     2  vehicle.
     3    (d)  The  commissioner  may  test any window for a person who has been
     4  charged with violating this subdivision. Such measurements made  by  the
     5  commissioner,  or  his  designee,  shall be given a tolerance of plus or
     6  minus seven percent. If such window is found to be  in  conformity  with
     7  this  subdivision,  a  small  label attesting to the conformity shall be
     8  affixed to the window tested.
     9    § 2. Subparagraph (a) of paragraph 1 of subdivision (c) of section 301
    10  of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 444 of the laws of
    11  2016, is amended to read as follows:
    12    (a) A safety inspection shall be made  with  respect  to  the  brakes;
    13  steering  mechanism;  wheel alignment; lights, including but not limited
    14  to the lights which are designed and placed on a vehicle for the purpose
    15  of illuminating the vehicle's license plates; odometer;  tire  pressure;
    16  seat  safety belts; shoulder harness safety belts; [any window which is]
    17  windows to determine whether they are composed of, covered by or treated
    18  with any material which has a light transmittance [of less than  seventy
    19  percent] in violation of the percentages established pursuant to section
    20  three  hundred  seventy-five of this title and such other mechanisms and
    21  equipment as shall be determined by the commissioner to be necessary for
    22  proper and safe operations. Such inspection  shall  also  be  made  with
    23  respect  to  vehicle identification number. Upon inspection, the mileage
    24  appearing on the odometer shall be recorded upon the inspection sticker.
    25    § 3. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
    26  have  become a law. Effective immediately the addition, amendment and/or
    27  repeal of any rule or regulation necessary  for  the  implementation  of
    28  this  act  on its effective date are authorized to be made and completed
    29  on or before such date.
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