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SF 1733

1st Engrossment - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 11/09/2017 11:36am

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A bill for an act
relating to transportation; clarifying window glazing exceptions for limousines;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 169.71, subdivision 4.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 169.71, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Glazing material; prohibitions and exceptions.

(a) No person shall drive or
operate any motor vehicle required to be registered in the state of Minnesota upon any street
or highway under the following conditions:

(1) when the windshield is composed of, covered by, or treated with any material which
has the effect of making the windshield more reflective or in any other way reducing light
transmittance through the windshield;

(2) when any window on the vehicle is composed of, covered by, or treated with any
material that has a highly reflective or mirrored appearance;

(3) when any side window or rear window is composed of or treated with any material
so as to obstruct or substantially reduce the driver's clear view through the window or has
a light transmittance of less than 50 percent plus or minus three percent in the visible light
range or a luminous reflectance of more than 20 percent plus or minus three percent; or

(4) when any material has been applied after August 1, 1985, to any motor vehicle
window without an accompanying permanent marking which indicates the percent of
transmittance and the percent of reflectance afforded by the material. The marking must be
in a manner so as not to obscure vision and be readable when installed on the vehicle.

(b) This subdivision does not apply to glazing materials which:

(1) have not been modified since the original installation, nor to original replacement
windows and windshields, that were originally installed or replaced in conformance with
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 205;

(2) are required to satisfy prescription or medical needs of the driver of the vehicle or a
passenger if:

(i) the driver or passenger is in possession of the prescription or a physician's statement
of medical need;

(ii) the prescription or statement specifically states the minimum percentage that light
transmittance may be reduced to satisfy the prescription or medical needs of the patient;
and

(iii) the prescription or statement contains an expiration date, which must be no more
than two years after the date the prescription or statement was issued; or

(3) are applied to:

(i) the rear windows of a pickup truck as defined in section 168.002, subdivision 26;

(ii) the rear windows or the side windows on either side behind the driver's seat of a van
as defined in section 168.002, subdivision 40;

(iii) the side and rear windows of a vehicle used to transport human remains by a funeral
establishment holding a license under section 149A.50;

(iv) the side and rear windows of a limousine as defined in section 168.002, subdivision
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, that is registered in compliance with the requirements of section 168.128; or

(v) the rear and side windows of a police vehicle.

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