ENGROSSED HOUSE BILL NO. 1664
AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE.
C 210 L 89
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1989 Regular Session
By Representatives Betrozoff, Baugher, Zellinsky, Patrick, R. Fisher, R. Meyers, Schmidt, Ferguson and Walker
Read first time 2/1/89 and referred to Committee on Transportation.
AN ACT Relating to the tinting or coloring of windows and windshields of motor vehicles; amending RCW 46.37.430; and prescribing penalties.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. Section 46.37.430, chapter 12, Laws of 1961 as last amended by section 723, chapter 330, Laws of 1987 and RCW 46.37.430 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) No person may sell any new motor vehicle as specified in this title, nor may any new motor vehicle as specified in this title be registered unless such vehicle is equipped with safety glazing material of a type approved by the state patrol wherever glazing material is used in doors, windows, and windshields. The foregoing provisions apply to all passenger-type motor vehicles, including passenger buses and school buses, but in respect to trucks, including truck tractors, the requirements as to safety glazing material apply to all glazing material used in doors, windows, and windshields in the drivers' compartments of such vehicles except as provided by subsection (4) of this section.
(2) The term "safety glazing materials" means glazing materials so constructed, treated, or combined with other materials as to reduce substantially, in comparison with ordinary sheet glass or plate glass, the likelihood of injury to persons by objects from exterior sources or by these safety glazing materials when they may be cracked or broken.
(3) The director of licensing shall not register any motor vehicle which is subject to the provisions of this section unless it is equipped with an approved type of safety glazing material, and he shall suspend the registration of any motor vehicle so subject to this section which he finds is not so equipped until it is made to conform to the requirements of this section.
(4) No person may sell or offer for sale, nor may any person operate a motor vehicle registered in this state which is equipped with, any camper manufactured after May 23, 1969, unless such camper is equipped with safety glazing material of a type conforming to rules adopted by the state patrol wherever glazing materials are used in outside windows and doors.
tinting or coloring material that reduces light transmittance to any degree((
unless it meets standards for such material adopted by the state patrol,))
may be applied to the surface of the safety glazing material in a motor vehicle
(( in any of the following locations: (a)
Windshields, (b) Windows
to the immediate right and left of the driver including windwings or, (c)
Rearmost windows if used for driving visibility by means of an interior
rear-view mirror. The
standards adopted by the state patrol shall permit a greater degree of light
reduction on a vehicle operated by or carrying as a passenger a person who
possesses written verification from a licensed physician that the operator or
passenger must be protected from exposure to sunlight for physical or medical
reasons)) unless it meets
the following standards for such material:
(a) The maximum level of film sunscreening material to be applied to windshields and any windows shall have a total reflectance of thirty-five percent or less, plus or minus three percent, and a light transmission of thirty-five percent or more, plus or minus three percent, when measured in conjunction with the safety glazing material.
(b) This section shall permit a greater degree of light reduction on all windows of a vehicle operated by or carrying as a passenger a person who possesses a written verification from a licensed physician that the operator or passenger must be protected from exposure to sunlight for physical or medical reasons.
(c) Windshield application. The application of sunscreening material is restricted to the top six-inch area of a vehicle's windshield.
(d) If sunscreening material is applied to the rearview window, outside mirrors on both the left and right sides shall be located so as to reflect to the driver a view of the roadway, through each mirror, a distance of at least two hundred feet to the rear of the vehicle.
(e) The following types of colors of sunscreening material are not permitted:
(i) Mirror finish products;
(ii) Red, gold, yellow, or black material; or
(iii) Sunscreening material that is in liquid preapplication form and brushed or sprayed on.
subsection)) section prohibits the use of shaded or
heat-absorbing safety glazing material in which the shading or heat-absorbing
characteristics have been applied at the time of manufacture of the safety
glazing material and which meet the standards of the state patrol for such
safety glazing materials.
standards used for approval of safety glazing materials by the state patrol
shall conform as closely as possible to the standards for safety glazing
materials for motor vehicles promulgated by the United States of America
Standards Institute in effect at the time of manufacture of the safety glazing
material)) It is a misdemeanor for any person to operate a vehicle for
use on the public highways of this state, if the vehicle is equipped with
tinting or coloring material in violation of this section.
(7) Limousines and passenger buses used to transport persons for compensation are exempt from the requirements of this section.