senate Bill S2929

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires inspection of vehicle windshield and window light transmittance during annual vehicle safety inspection

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to transportation
Feb 03, 2011 referred to transportation

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S2929 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4608
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง301, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S4416, A6148

S2929 - Bill Texts

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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.

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BILL NUMBER:S2929

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.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2929

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            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

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