The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
Section 1. G.S. 20-127, as amended by Chapter 683 of the
1993 Session Laws (Reg. Sess. 1994), reads as rewritten:
"§ 20-127. Windows and windshield wipers.
(a) Windshield Wipers. -- A vehicle that is operated on a
highway and has a windshield must have a windshield wiper
to clear rain or other substances from the windshield in
front of the driver of the vehicle and the windshield wiper
must be in good working order. If a vehicle has more than
one windshield wiper to clear substances from the windshield,
all the windshield wipers must be in good working order.
(b) Window Tinting Restrictions. -- A window of a vehicle that is
operated on a highway or a public vehicular area must comply with
this subsection. The windshield of the vehicle may be tinted
only along the top of the windshield and the tinting may not
extend more than five inches below the top of the windshield or
below the AS1 line of the windshield, whichever measurement is
longer. Any other window of the vehicle may be tinted in
accordance with the following restrictions:
(1) The total light transmission of the tinted
window must be at least thirty-five percent (35%).
A vehicle window that, by use of a light meter
approved by the Commissioner, measures a total
light transmission of more than thirty-two
percent (32%) is conclusively presumed to meet
(2) The light reflectance of the tinted window must
be twenty percent (20%) or less.
(3) Tinted film or another material used to tint the
window must be nonreflective and must be a color
other than red, yellow, or amber.
(c) Tinting Exceptions. -- The window tinting restrictions in
subsection (b) of this section apply without exception to the
windshield of a vehicle. The window tinting restrictions in
subdivisions (b)(1) and (b)(2) of this section do not apply to
any of the following vehicle windows:
(1) A window of an excursion passenger vehicle, as
defined in G.S. 20-4.01(27)a. (2) A window of a
for-hire passenger vehicle, as defined in
(3) A window of a common carrier of passengers, as
defined in G.S. 20-4.01(27)c.
(4) A window of a motor home, as defined in
(5) A window of an ambulance, as defined in
(6) The rear window of a property-hauling vehicle,
as defined in G.S. 20-4.01(31).
(7) A window of a limousine.
(8) A window of a law enforcement vehicle.
(9) A window of a multipurpose vehicle that is behind
the driver of the vehicle. A multipurpose vehicle
is a passenger vehicle that is designed to carry
10 or fewer passengers and either is constructed
on a truck chassis or has special features designed
for occasional off-road operation. A minivan and
a pickup truck are multipurpose vehicles.
(10) A window of a vehicle that is registered in another
state and meets the requirements of the state in
which it is registered.
(d) Violations. -- A person who does any of the following commits a
misdemeanor of the class set in G.S. 20-176:
(1) Applies tinting to the window of a vehicle that
is subject to a safety inspection in this State
and the resulting tinted window does not meet the
window tinting restrictions set in this section.
(2) Drives on a highway or a public vehicular area
a vehicle that has a window that does not meet
the window tinting restrictions set in this section.
(e) Defense. -- It is a defense to a charge of driving a vehicle with
an unlawfully tinted window that the tinting was removed within
15 days after the charge and the window now meets the window
tinting restrictions. To assert this defense, the person charged
must produce in court, or submit to the prosecuting attorney before
trial, a certificate from the Division of Motor Vehicles or the
Highway Patrol showing that the window complies with the
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