You are driving along in your car and all of a sudden, the dreaded red and blue lights of the police appear behind you. You are pulled over and the officer hands you a ticket for violating VTL § 375-12(a)(b)(1). What is the ticket for? Illegally tinted windshield and/or side windows!
The question is, “what amount of tinting is legal in New York?” The Vehicle and Traffic Law states that it is illegal to have window tinting that “has a light transmittance of less than seventy percent (70%).” What that means is that your tints can block up to thirty percent (30%) of light.
As for the rear window, the it is also illegal to have tints that let in less than seventy percent (70%) of light. However, if the car is equipped with two side mirrors (one on each side of the car) and allows the driver to clearly see the road and condition of the traffic behind the car, then the rear window may be tinted to block more than seventy percent (70%) of light.