Yukon RCMP are seeing an increase in vehicles with tinted front passenger windows and wanted to send a friendly reminder that this is illegal and potentially dangerous.
Yukon Traffic Service Officers have a reminder for the motoring public: tinted windows on front door glass is illegal.
Why are tinted windows illegal?
- If the vehicle is involved in a collision the glass is designed to break into small pieces, the window film doesn't allow this to happen and the glass can become a large sharp object, possibly causing injury to the occupants.
- Tinted windows decrease the vision depth that a driver observes through the window, reducing his/her perception of objects through the window.
- Pedestrian safety, when we teach children to cross the street we tell them to get the eye of the driver.
In the Yukon, a vehicle is only allowed to have a maximum of 30% tint on the windshield, front driver and passenger side windows and the rear window.
Long and short of it, drivers have to be able to see out, and other people have to be able to see the driver.
There are many reasons for this safety standard, from pedestrians and bicyclist being able to see that the driver is aware they are crossing, to allowing the driver to see out. The dark tint also reduces the drivers' visibility, especially at night (or day in the Yukon winter months) and when the weather is poor.
Drivers will be issued a notice to remove the tint by a certain date, and if they do not comply they can be issued a ticket and have their vehicle removed from the road.
Yukon RCMP - Media Relations