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Tinted Windows and Teddy Bears Illegal in New York State?

The “tinted window” law went into effect in NYS at the beginning of the year and I still see a lot of cars that look like they will fail inspection. What about other things that obstruct the view?

According to the the Department of Motor Vehicles, the law is pretty clear when it comes to having blacked out windows. You will fail inspection if your windows are too dark.

The windshield and front side windows cannot block more than 30% of the light. Seventy percent or more of the light from the outside must pass through the window.

I called Joe Gotthardt from A Hudson Valley Limosine out of Pine Bush. I knew it was a dumb question, but I had to ask him if the law included limos. He said that it doesn’t apply to livery services. That would be really bad for the limo business because ” a bride wants to look out the windows, but doesn’t want to be seen in the car.”

So dark windows are definately out, but what about other things that people may have inside their car. I searched around for things that would be considered obstructive, but the law doesn’t get that specific. It just says you can’t block the windows. Wonder what is going to happen to the car I was behind the other day.


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