Police warn of illegal vehicle window tints 12-13-02

PHONE: 961-2305
DECEMBER 13, 2002


Hawaii County police are advising motorists that it is illegal for the front windshields of motor vehicles to allow less than 35 percent of light to pass through.

Police issued the warning after receiving complaints that some Big Island tint shops are tinting vehicle windows darker than the law allows.

According to Chapter 251-21.5 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, all windows on automobiles must meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards 205, which states that the windows must allow at least 35 percent of light to pass through.

On trucks, the minimum is 35 percent transmission on the front, passenger and side windows and 20 percent transmission on the rear sides and rear window.

The front windows of vehicles are allowed to have a darker tinted strip at the top of the window extending down to the “AS-1” mark, usually about four to six inches from the top of the window.

Motorists or tint shops found to have installed illegal tints on vehicle windows face a fine of $50 to $250 for each separate offense.

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