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Welcome to the IWFA's resource for press releases issued by the organization, coverage generated in a variety of media publications, the comprehensive state law chart'swhere you can find information regarding local regulation for vehicle window tints, and the IWFA's own blog - as written by executive director Darrell Smith and legislation impacting the industry overall.

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Legislative Alerts - Automotive

Ontario, Canada Distracted Driving Law - March 18, 2010

Subject: Distracted Driving Law

The new ban on hand-held devices while driving became effective on October 26, 2009. This new law made it illegal for drivers to talk, text, type, and dial or email using hand-held cell phones and other hand-held communication and entertainment devices. 

Washington Senate Bill 5581 - June 1, 2009

Subject: Senate Bill 5581

Senate Bill 5581, relating to sunscreening devices, has passed the Washington Legislature and was signed by the Governor on April 20, 2009.

This legislation is an extremely important initiative for the industry and consumers within the state as the previous statutory provisions resulted in confusion by law enforcement, installers, and customers. The new law, which will go into effect on July 26, 2009, will clarify the statutory provisions and define in a very clear and concise manner the legal limits in Washington. 

Virginia Statutory Clarification - July 1, 2009

Virginia Medical Exemption

During the month of June 2009, a call was received from a member of IWFA regarding the appropriate sun-shading allowances for medical waivers on v vehicle front windshields in Virginia. Discussions with the State Police i indicated that the law is very clear regarding the medical waiver for the front windshield. Section 46.2-1053 of the Code of Virginia specifies that “Such sun-shading or tinting film shall not cause the total light transmittance to be reduced to any level less than seventy percent except for the upper five inches of such windshield or the AS-1 line.” 

Ohio Legislative Alert 2-23-13

SENATE BILL 114 - February 23, 2013

This legislation has been developed over the last several years (introduced in March 2011) to address a number of key issues relative to specialized motor vehicles.  These types of vehicles include low-speed, motor scooters, mini-trucks, and motorcycles. 

Florida Alert on Hurricane Protection


On October 5, 2009, several representatives from the International Window Film Association and the AIMCAL-Window Film Committee met for a second time with members of the Economic Crimes Division of the Florida Attorney General’s Office to review (1) both new and prior concerns over the accuracy and use of certain statements made by members of our industry about the level of protection afforded by the use of safety and security window films during hurricanes and (2) steps already taken and proposed by both groups to address these concerns. The officials expressed their sincere appreciation for our industry’s proactiveness in these matters and for providing them with accurate information about the very real protection our industry’s products can provide in hurricanes and other storm events. 

Model Law

Suggested Model Legislation for Automotive Window Tinting

Model legislation that is applicable to each and every jurisdiction is not possible because most jurisdictions amend existing safety or glazing statutes to restrict window film. Generally, the law that sets the standard for window film also specifies the restriction for signs, decals, and stickers. 

Texas Senate Bill 589 - April 19, 2010

Senate Bill 589 (House Bill 4523)

The Legislative Alert dated December 11, 2009, provided updated information to members relative to the implementation of Senate Bill 589 which became effective on September 1, 2009. It was noted that the actual language of the legislation did not seem to represent the original intent of the legislative leadership, and it was suggested that members carefully consider retaining the 25 percent standard to avoid installing products that may have been considered illegal in the future. 

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