NY V. NJ: Tinted Window Battle Gets Shady

Posted on November 25, 2009 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

NEW YORK — Some New Jersey operators crossing into New York have been hit with tickets and fines for operating chauffeured vehicles with windows deemed too dark in New York.

The issue only recently came to the attention of the Limousine Associations of New Jersey when one operator received six tickets from New York authorities — one for each window, said Barry Lefkowitz, executive director of LANJ.

New York apparently has stricter rules about window tint than New Jersey, which means that New Jersey operators taking clients into New York run the risk of getting cited if their vehicle windows don’t meet New York standards, Lefkowitz said.

“What we’re finding is that there has been some overzealous enforcement,” he said.

Such enforcement has the potential to become widely disruptive to operators, since New York and New Jersey are home to some of the most active metro areas in the U.S. for chauffeured transportation activity.

The rules are outlined in the New York Tint Law enacted in 1991, which regulates all aspects of tinted windows on vehicles: degree of darkness of each type of window (i.e. windshield, side, driver, passenger, rear, etc.); level of reflectivity; and restrictions on colors, side mirrors; and certificate and sticker display requirements.

Since many vehicle tinted windows are installed by manufacturers, they do not necessarily comply with stricter window tint laws, such as the ones in New York, Lefkowitz said.

“For us, this is a new one,” he said. Lefkowitz plans to get input from operators to find a possible solution, which could range from changing the New York laws, to getting all states in the region to adopt the same standards, to making sure manufacturers automatically install windows that meet the strictest standards.

Source: Martin Romjue, LCT Magazine

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