Tires and tints 04-12-09

PHONE: 961-2305
APRIL 12, 2007


Big Island police have received numerous complaints about trucks with wide, oversized tires and about vehicles with windows that are illegally tinted too dark.

According to the Hawaii County Code, all vehicles on public roads must have fenders, covers, flaps or splash aprons covering their tires. A vehicle with oversized tires won’t qualify for a safety sticker if the tire’s threads are visible outside the fenders.

The intent of the law is to minimize the splashing of mud, rocks and debris into the path of other cars. Such splashing can cause damage and visibility problems for other motorists.

"This is a safety issue," said Sergeant Dexter Veriato."Therefore, police will be citing operators of vehicles with oversized tires."

A driver can be fined from $57 dollars to $72 dollars for operating a vehicle with oversized tires that aren’t covered. A police officer also has the authority to declare the vehicle unsafe. In that case, the vehicle could be towed away.

Police also are warning the public about dark tinting on vehicle windows. For a variety of safety and enforcement reasons, police and other emergency responders must be able to see the interior of vehicles. The fine for excessive tinting is $287. The installer of the illegal tint job may be fined $537. All tint shops and installers in the state are monitored and know what the legal amount is for different vehicles.

Police encourage anyone who is uncertain about these laws or who has questions about a vehicle to call the Police Department’s periodic motor vehicle inspectors at 961-2320 or 961-2321.

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