Tinted Window Inspections Raise Concern

What if the state passed a law requiring inspections, but told inspection stations they didn't have to participate?

That's essentially what's happening with a new law to regulate tinted windows.

"We inspect every vehicle the way it should be inspected," said garage owner David Poulos.

"If a vehicle doesn't pass, we don't pass it," he said.

Poulos' garage does six to eight hundred state vehicle inspections a month. But he won't do windows.

"The biggest problem is we have to increase our bond from five thousand to ten thousand," he said.

That higher cost is one of the reasons Poulos says a majority of stations are choosing not to participate.

"As long as they made the law where it says "if" you are interested. That little word right there caused them to lose probably everybody who's not going to be doing stickers," Poulos explained.

Leslie Slade owns a window tinting business.

"They're not going to give any tolerance at all. It's going to be 35 percent or higher," said the owner of Coastal Tinting.

Slade's tinting does meet the law's requirement of at least 35 percent light transmission. But finding his customers the required inspection, could be a problem.

"Because if they have tinted windows and they go to an inspection station that doesn't have a meter, they're going to tell them to go down the road, go to another place," said Slade.

Vehicle owners with after market tint could face a real concern come July first. With so few vehicle inspection stations choosing to participate in checking the windows, the vehicle owners could face real problems complying with the law.

"If they've got tinted windows, they're either going to have to pull the tint off to get an inspection sticker. Or they're going to have to run with an old inspection sticker and take the possibility of getting a $1,000 fine," said Poulos.

David Poulos expects state legislators will review the new law, once they reflect on the apparent problems.