California Assembly Passes New Tinting RegulationAugust 16th, 2012 by Editor
Window film continues to make legislative news, and again the changes are coming out of California. The state assembly and Governor signed into law an amendment that changes tinting regulations for vehicles driven by peace officers. The new amendment, proposed by assemblyman Jose Solorio, will not affect the current regulations for California’s other drivers.
According to the bill, “Existing law prohibits a person from driving a motor vehicle with any object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied upon the windshield or side or rear windows, with limited exceptions, including for window tinting or glazing that meets specified requirements.”
The new legislation, which goes into effect January 1, 2013, changes that prohibition for peace officers to prevent the current issue of ticketing. Under the previous regulation, undercover officers were frequently stopped and ticketed by peace officers for tinting violations.
“This bill would exempt a vehicle operated and owned or leased by a federal, state, or local agency, department, or district that employs peace officers, for use by those peace officers in the performance of their duties, from California law prohibiting or limiting materials that may be placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied to the side or rear windows, commonly referred to as window tinting or glazing,” states the legislation.
“Governor Jerry Brown just signed my AB 2660, a law that allows police and sheriffs’ departments to tint the front side windows of their undercover vehicles. With this simple change in the law, undercover peace officers who use vehicles with tinting to blend in to the neighborhoods they try to protect, will no longer be susceptible to getting a ticket for tinted windows,” says California assemblyman Jose Solorio. “At the public hearing to air the merits of this bill, numerous examples and copies of tickets issued to police officers by police officers were provided by law enforcement to illuminate the necessity for the bill. With AB 2660 now law, police departments will no longer have to spend time and money going to the prosecutor or the court to get traffic tickets dismissed or pay fines. Undoing those tickets wasted critical and limited public safety resources on a technicality that could easily be avoided. I was happy to sponsor the bill.”
The amendment passed the assembly on April 26 with a vote of 75-0 and then passed the senate unanimously as well, on July 6. It was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on July 24.
by Casey Neeley, assistant editor, email@example.com