NY state passed a law effective 1/1/2017 that you can no longer tint your front passenger and drivers side window of your surburan or crossover vehicle. And if you own a sedan none of the windows can be tinted. If they are you will fail your vehicle inspection. Only if your have medical exemption will you be allowed to do it.
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None? Zero? That's heavy handed...
Lightly tinted windows aren't dangerous.
What if you have a car with factory tinted glass? BMW Europe has an actual part number for this.
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The rear windows on the CX5 are factory tinted.
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My guess is that it will apply to none factory glass. The front tints that come from the factory would pass anyway.
OP is kind of misleading. It requires 70% transmission. This is a lot, but it's not "no tint"
Looks like the law been in place since 1992. Now it's being enforced through inspections. Presumably side window privacy glass either passes, or NY vehicles aren't sold with it. Note that the rear window is exempt if the car has two side mirrors (which every car today does)
And last but not least... if it doesn't say "passenger car" on the door sticker, this doesn't apply. The CX-5 does not have that mark.
Last edited by craigo; 02-16-2017 at 06:32 PM.
for CUV like the CX-5 that comes with tinted 2nd row and trunk, those are exempt, only the front windshield and two first row windows will be tested. 2017 will be the first year that the tint inspection will be enforced during the annual state inspection, which means you will fail and not get your inspection sticker if you have tints on, if you fail you still have to pay the $35 service charge then go and remove the tint and then go back and get it re-inspected otherwise you can't drive your car unless you have a valid inspection sticker.
The CX-5 front windows already come with some tinting (very very small amount but it's there) so if someone goes to detail shop and ask for 70% tint they will actually fail, because the factory tint will drop it below the 70% allowed.
Question is what about out of towners where their state allows tint, will they be pulled over for tint in NYC while just visiting?
Last edited by blackcx5; 02-17-2017 at 08:41 AM.
I'm going to run into this problem next year. I'm currently living in the Atlanta area (very very lax tint restrictions), and the particular CX-5 I purchased from a Georgia dealer had front window tints already installed. But I'm moving back to New Jersey as soon as I can sell my house. I have paperwork already filled out for the medical exemption in NJ by my Georgia doctors, but it's going to be a hassle for awhile before I get the medical exemption approved (NJ State Law states that tint must not be applied before getting the medical exemption approved, and they require the vehicle already be registered in the state beforehand, which means I have to go through NJ State Inspection as well).
Out here in sunny Arizona such tint laws aren't really executed. In fact both our Mazdas are tinted all the way around. Plus my windshield too. There's almost too much sun down here!! That said if you get pulled over by police I'd roll all my windows down and place hands on steering wheel. Got off with traffic violations that were warnings instead.
I hate this law. I have 20% in the front and 10% in the back and my inspection is due Dec 2017. So if you know anyone who will let it slide under the rug, DM me
The exact wording for enforcing this law was "Tinted windows prevent the necessary eye contact between drivers and pedestrians to ensure safe roadways", not police feel unsafe approaching vehicles, even though its the case. You get pulled over lower ALL your windows to be polite. Forcing mechanics to buy the equipment, spend more time inspecting a car just to fail them for windows, and then make the owner pay to have them removed and in some cases replace the glass is ridiculous. Especially when the governor who announced it gets into a limo tinted SUV surrounded by men with guns to his multi-million dollar home. Hypocrisy.
What's unsafe is assuming you have right of way, regardless of lack of eye contact. I've never almost gotten in an accident because I couldn't tell if someone waved me on or not. Alternatively one could flash the lights signalling right of way. We should write a petition to the state.
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