Windshield Laws You May Not Know About

Windshield Laws You May Not Know About

If you’re a driver in the Keystone State, it’s crucial to understand the various laws and regulations that govern the use and maintenance of your vehicle’s windshield! Don’t worry, we have listed the most important ones down below!

Windshield Obstructions:

Pennsylvania law (Title 75, Section 4524) prohibits any obstruction to a driver’s view through the windshield and side windows. This means you should avoid placing objects, stickers, or decals that could obstruct your line of sight.

Tinted Windshields:

While Pennsylvania does allow window tinting for side and rear windows, there are restrictions when it comes to the windshield. According to Title 75, Section 4524, tinting is only permitted on the top five inches of the windshield or above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line (if present).

Windshield Wipers:

Pennsylvania law (Title 75, Section 4524) mandates the use of windshield wipers that are in good working condition. It is illegal to operate a vehicle with a defective or missing windshield wiper system, especially during inclement weather.

Windshield Damage:

If your windshield has significant cracks or damage that impairs your vision, you could be subject to fines and penalties. It’s essential to promptly repair or replace a damaged windshield to comply with Pennsylvania law and ensure safe driving.

Safety Inspections:

Pennsylvania requires a yearly safety inspection for most vehicles. As part of the inspection process, your windshield will be inspected for cracks, chips, and other damage. If your windshield does not meet the state’s safety standards, it will need to be repaired or replaced before your vehicle can pass inspection.

Commercial Vehicles:

Commercial vehicles, such as trucks and buses, have additional windshield regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets specific guidelines for windshield repairs and replacements in commercial vehicles operating in Pennsylvania.

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/LI/consCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&ttl=75&div=0&chpt=45&sctn=24&subsctn=0

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