Getting your car inspected will take longer and might be more expensive

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - Getting your car inspected will take longer and might get more expensive in the new year because of a law mandating auto shops to measure window tinting.

On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill, which requires auto inspection shops completing vehicle inspections to fail any vehicles with an illegal tint level.

According to New York State’s vehicle and traffic law, windshield and front side windows must allow at least 70 percent or more of outside light to pass through.

This law also applies to the rear window unless the vehicle has outside rear-view mirrors on both sides.

Technicians across Upstate New York are opposing the Governor's bill.

The law has been in place for a while, but now the mechanics have to enforce it.

At Fehlman Brother's in Syracuse, assistant service manager and technician Dave Kowell says the 45 minute process might take an hour with the window tinting test.

The auto shop only gets $21 for most inspections, a price set by the state. The shop has to pay for stickers and pay the technicians doing the job, about $100 an hour.

Senator John DeFrancisco sponsored the bill and has been trying to get it passed since 2003.

He says it's unsafe for drivers and police for windows to be dark. The senator says he doesn't have a problem increasing the inspection fee to pay the shops a little more.

The new inspections will start on January 1, 2017.


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