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Old 02-06-2013, 07:38 PM   #1
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Well it seems as though the police in Quebec can ticket non-residents if their car window tint is too dark.

Don't they have more important violations to go after and did they ticket all the window tinting law breakers in their province already?


http://www.ottawasun.com/2013/02/06/...ving-in-quebec

"If you're heading to Gatineau with tinted windows and expired validation tags, prepare to be ticketed.

There are pros, and then there are pitfalls of living in a provincial border city.

The duality of residing in the National Capital Region means adhering to different rules once the Ottawa River is crossed.

For instance, Ontario drivers risk getting dinged heavily if they're caught hiding behind tinted glass in Quebec, where a fine can be levied if the front side windows let in less than 70% of light.

Police use a photometer "that validates the percentage of light that penetrates the window," said Gatineau police Sgt. J.P. Le May.

"You can have tinted windows at the back, but not at the front."

The windshield can have a 15 cm wide strip along the upper edge, according to information posted on the Societe de l'assurance automobile Quebec website.

Generally, officers don't carry the instrument, said Le May.

Drivers are given a notice for inspection and must go to a facility where the vehicle is examined by an agent.

If the tint exceeds 30%, the owner or driver has 48 hours to change it, then must return to have the tint verified.

If corrections aren't made within two days, the vehicle must be removed from the road or drivers face further penalties.

Open borders

"To me, it seems so unjust," said Elaine Garfinkel.

"Our borders are open, but something like that, I think, has the potential of closing our borders to Quebec."

Garfinkel said her friend, a University of Ottawa professor, was pulled over and fined $160 in Hull recently for having tinted windows.

"It's ludicrous," said Garfinkel.

"And so if I can avoid going over (to Gatineau), I will."

Fines range depending on the circumstances and whether the driver also owns the vehicle.

Ontario residents always have the option of contesting the ticket in court, said Surete du Quebec Sgt. Marc Tessier.

"That's not our job. That's for the courts to decide," said Tessier.

The Ontario Highway Traffic Act states the front left and right windows can't be tinted with a material "that substantially obscures the interior of the motor vehicle when viewed from outside."

That means it's up to the discretion of officers; ticketed drivers face a $110 fine and additional court costs."
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:52 AM   #2
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They been doing that here for years.If your tint is to dark where ever your from you get a ticket.Kinda sucks too I love the look of dark tint.
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Kinda sucks that you can have a legally registered vehicle that you can't operate legally somewhere else. At least in the US you can drive from state to state and not worry about it. (Been there, done that!)

But we're talking international borders here so those crazy Canadians are acting all weird, even on their own citizens. I'll be sure to stay on the US side of Niagra and let the Canadian side suffer by voting with my money.

Maybe some enterprising person could put up a roadside billboard that spells out the unfairness of levying fines on legally registered and modified vehicles that travel the Canadian roads, eh? (Couldn't keep from throwing in a little sarcasm there... )
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:27 AM   #4
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Kinda sucks that you can have a legally registered vehicle that you can't operate legally somewhere else. At least in the US you can drive from state to state and not worry about it. (Been there, done that!)

But we're talking international borders here so those crazy Canadians are acting all weird, even on their own citizens. I'll be sure to stay on the US side of Niagra and let the Canadian side suffer by voting with my money.

Maybe some enterprising person could put up a roadside billboard that spells out the unfairness of levying fines on legally registered and modified vehicles that travel the Canadian roads, eh? (Couldn't keep from throwing in a little sarcasm there... )
Please all you peeps in states south of Quebec, stay away, huh. I measured my window brow last night and it's 18 cm so I let's see if I get dinged for going over 3 cm, huh.

PS - I did a Google search for the American equivalent of eh and it's huh so huh.
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If all that the Mounties hassle you for is tint then you Canadians got it easy!

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That is messed up. So if a US vehicle goes on vacation they will ticket them or is it Canadian residence only? Do they honestly expect people to peel their tint just to go through their city? Many many people hibernate to Michigan from Florida. Front tint is illegal in Michigan, but its legal in Florida. Most Michigan cops don't mess with people if they have Florida plates.
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Florida was ticketing Canadians for not having an international driver's license. Canada is Florida's #1 global economic trading partner with over 3 million visitors/year. Some brilliant legistlators passed this law without considering what it would do to tourism. The law is still on the books but they "promised" they would not ticket Canadians. daaa
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What is the darkest tint you can have in US?
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What is the darkest tint you can have in US?
It is different by state. Look here http://www.tintlaws.com/
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