Tickets coming for car owners with illegally tinted windows in Philadelphia

Come July 1, vehicles with illegal tints — more than 70% visible light transmittance — will be subject to a $100 parking ticket.

a tinted side window of a car

A car with tinted windows. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

This story originally appeared on 6abc.

It’s something you can get pulled over for right now, but come July 1, if your vehicle has illegal tints on the windows you could be subject to a parking ticket in Philadelphia.

“A $100 fine,” said Councilman Mike Driscoll.

Driscoll, of Northeast Philadelphia, co-sponsored this bill, which was just signed into law by Mayor Cherelle Parker.

He says it will prevent traffic stops.

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“We’re not trying to be punitive. We’re just trying to let folks know this is the sort of situation that we don’t want to put law enforcement in,” he said.

In Pennsylvania, cars can have window tint rated at 70% visible light transmittance on the side windows and the rear windshield.

David Rutherford owns Elite Glass Tinting in Newtown Square. He’s losing customers because of this ordinance.

“This doesn’t go into effect yet. This is just today and we already lost a customer,” said Rutherford.

Mechanics expect to see changes right away.

“I’m sure it will be seeing a lot of people with their tint getting taken off because the parking authority are quick to give tickets,” said Dan Rosati of Mickey’s Auto Repair.

Drivers have mixed feelings about the rule.

“I think there are more important things that they can be taking care of right now than that honestly,” said Anthony Dolceamore of South Philadelphia.

“I don’t agree with that one. If you’re parked you’re parked. If they catch you driving that’s another thing,” said Charles Hatchell of West Philadelphia.

The ordinance goes into effect 60 days after it is signed by Mayor Parker. By July 1, both the Philadelphia Parking Authority and police officers can issue these types of fines.

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