Are These Legal?

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NeeklODN's Comment
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Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Since I see many different ways drivers block the sun, I would say yes. They sell clip on pull down shades in many truck stops.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Probably not a good idea while driving, but would be great when parked!

Rick S.'s Comment
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Fine when parked - most likely illegal when driving.

You basically don't want to give any LEO/DOT an excuse to pull you over. Laws on window obstructions vary from state to state.

FMCSA Window Tint Guidance

Regs are pretty clear (OK, somewhat clear) on the "viewable areas" of the windshield, and objects obstructing the drivers view. They are somewhat vaguer on side glass.

But again - err on the side of caution and don't. OR - call your Safety Department - who will most likely say NO, as anything that can be construed as a distraction or obstruction can create liability in the event of an accident.

Rick

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I saw a guy with s flag hanging down over the passenger side of his windshield. Some type of sports team, or possibly a flag denoting ethnicity (is., Polish, German, etc.), not sure.

NeeklODN's Comment
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Trying to protect my darn left side from UV

G-Town's Comment
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I suggest reviewing the link that Rick sent and use that guidance to find a compliant window tint kit at an auto parts store or online. Amazon sells this sort of thing as does Walmart in their auto supply dept.

NeeklODN's Comment
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I suggest reviewing the link that Rick sent and use that guidance to find a compliant window tint kit at an auto parts store or online. Amazon sells this sort of thing as does Walmart in their auto supply dept.

Will do. Thanks GT and Rob and well everyone.

Bird-one's Comment
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I was actually going to ask the same question awhile back. My initial thoughts were they would probably be illegal, but I see them so often I figured they had to be. I even see some drivers using their curtains. I tried using a sun shade from TA myself just to see how it would be while driving, and immediately took it off. Personally I wouldnt recommend it unless you are parked. It may fit different on certain trucks but for me it was over both the mirror and smaller convex mirror. And constantly going back up and down with it would be a huge distraction.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Trying to protect my darn left side from UV

"SUNSCREEN" not on your window, on your skin!

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