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Public Act 096-0815


 

Public Act 0815 96TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY



 


 
Public Act 096-0815
 
HB3325 Enrolled LRB096 05916 AJT 15997 b

    AN ACT concerning transportation.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by changing
Sections 3-412 and 12-503 as follows:
 
    (625 ILCS 5/3-412)  (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 3-412)
    Sec. 3-412. Registration plates and registration stickers
to be furnished by the Secretary of State.
    (a) The Secretary of State upon registering a vehicle
subject to annual registration for the first time shall issue
or shall cause to be issued to the owner one registration plate
for a motorcycle, trailer, semitrailer, motorized pedalcycle
or truck-tractor, 2 registration plates for other motor
vehicles and, where applicable, current registration stickers
for motor vehicles of the first division. The provisions of
this Section may be made applicable to such vehicles of the
second division, as the Secretary of State may, from time to
time, in his discretion designate. On subsequent annual
registrations during the term of the registration plate as
provided in Section 3-414.1, the Secretary shall issue or cause
to be issued registration stickers as evidence of current
registration. However, the issuance of annual registration
stickers to vehicles registered under the provisions of
Sections 3-402.1 and 3-405.3 of this Code may not be required
if the Secretary deems the issuance unnecessary.
    (b) Every registration plate shall have displayed upon it
the registration number assigned to the vehicle for which it is
issued, the name of this State, which may be abbreviated, the
year number for which it was issued, which may be abbreviated,
the phrase "Land of Lincoln" (except as otherwise provided in
this Code), and such other letters or numbers as the Secretary
may prescribe. However, for apportionment plates issued to
vehicles registered under Section 3-402.1 and fleet plates
issued to vehicles registered under Section 3-405.3, the phrase
"Land of Lincoln" may be omitted to allow for the word
"apportioned", the word "fleet", or other similar language to
be displayed. Registration plates issued to a vehicle
registered as a fleet vehicle may display a designation
determined by the Secretary.
    The Secretary may in his discretion prescribe that letters
be used as prefixes only on registration plates issued to
vehicles of the first division which are registered under this
Code and only as suffixes on registration plates issued to
other vehicles. Every registration sticker issued as evidence
of current registration shall designate the year number for
which it is issued and such other letters or numbers as the
Secretary may prescribe and shall be of a contrasting color
with the registration plates and registration stickers of the
previous year.
    (c) Each registration plate and the required letters and
numerals thereon, except the year number for which issued,
shall be of sufficient size to be plainly readable from a
distance of 100 feet during daylight, and shall be coated with
reflectorizing material. The dimensions of the plate issued to
vehicles of the first division shall be 6 by 12 inches.
    (d) The Secretary of State shall issue for every passenger
motor vehicle rented without a driver the same type of
registration plates as the type of plates issued for a private
passenger vehicle.
    (e) The Secretary of State shall issue for every passenger
car used as a taxicab or livery, distinctive registration
plates.
    (f) The Secretary of State shall issue for every motorcycle
distinctive registration plates distinguishing between
motorcycles having 150 or more cubic centimeters piston
displacement, or having less than 150 cubic centimeter piston
displacement.
    (g) Registration plates issued to vehicles for-hire may
display a designation as determined by the Secretary that such
vehicles are for-hire.
    (h) The Secretary of State shall issue distinctive
registration plates for electric vehicles.
    (i) The Secretary of State shall issue for every public and
private ambulance registration plates identifying the vehicle
as an ambulance. The Secretary shall forward to the Department
of Healthcare and Family Services registration information for
the purpose of verification of claims filed with the Department
by ambulance owners for payment for services to public
assistance recipients.
    (j) The Secretary of State shall issue for every public and
private medical carrier or rescue vehicle livery registration
plates displaying numbers within ranges of numbers reserved
respectively for medical carriers and rescue vehicles. The
Secretary shall forward to the Department of Healthcare and
Family Services registration information for the purpose of
verification of claims filed with the Department by owners of
medical carriers or rescue vehicles for payment for services to
public assistance recipients.
    (k) The Secretary of State shall issue distinctive license
plates or distinctive license plate stickers for every vehicle
exempted from subsections subsection (a) and (a-5) of Section
12-503 by subsection (g) of that Section, and by subsection
(g-5) of that Section before its deletion by this amendatory
Act of the 95th General Assembly. The Secretary shall issue
these plates or stickers immediately upon receiving the
physician's certification required under subsection (g) of
Section 12-503. New plates or stickers shall also be issued
when the certification is renewed as provided in that
subsection.
(Source: P.A. 94-239, eff. 1-1-06; 94-564, eff. 8-12-05;
95-202, eff. 8-16-07; 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)
 
    (625 ILCS 5/12-503)  (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12-503)
    Sec. 12-503. Windshields must be unobstructed and equipped
with wipers.
    (a) No person shall drive a motor vehicle with any sign,
poster, window application, reflective material, nonreflective
material or tinted film upon the front windshield, except that
a sidewings or side windows immediately adjacent to each side
of the driver. A nonreflective tinted film may be used along
the uppermost portion of the windshield if such material does
not extend more than 6 inches down from the top of the
windshield. Nothing in this Section shall create a cause of
action on behalf of a buyer against a dealer or manufacturer
who sells a motor vehicle with a window which is in violation
of this Section.
    (a-5) No window treatment or tinting shall be applied to
the windows immediately adjacent to each side of the driver,
except:
        (1) on vehicles where none of the windows to the rear
    of the driver's seat are treated in a manner that allows
    less than 30% light transmittance, a nonreflective tinted
    film that allows at least 50% light transmittance, with a
    5% variance observed by any law enforcement official
    metering the light transmittance, may be used on the side
    windows immediately adjacent to each side of the driver.
        (2) on vehicles where none of the windows to the rear
    of the driver's seat are treated in a manner that allows
    less than 35% light transmittance, a nonreflective tinted
    film that allows at least 35% light transmittance, with a
    5% variance observed by any law enforcement official
    metering the light transmittance, may be used on the side
    windows immediately adjacent to each side of the driver.
        (3) on multipurpose passenger vehicles, as defined by
    Section 1-148.3b of this Code, a nonreflective tinted film
    originally applied by the manufacturer, that allows at
    least 50% light transmittance, with a 5% variance observed
    by any law enforcement official metering the light
    transmittance, may be used on the side windows immediately
    adjacent to each side of the driver.
    (b) On motor vehicles where window treatment has not been
applied to the windows immediately adjacent to each side of the
driver, Nothing contained in this Section shall prohibit the
use of a nonreflective, smoked or tinted glass, nonreflective
film, perforated window screen or other decorative window
application on windows to the rear of the driver's seat shall
be allowed, except that any motor vehicle with a window to the
rear of the driver's seat treated in this manner shall be
equipped with a side mirror on each side of the motor vehicle
which are in conformance with Section 12-502.
    (c) No person shall drive a motor vehicle with any objects
placed or suspended between the driver and the front
windshield, rear window, side wings or side windows immediately
adjacent to each side of the driver which materially obstructs
the driver's view.
    (d) Every motor vehicle, except motorcycles, shall be
equipped with a device, controlled by the driver, for cleaning
rain, snow, moisture or other obstructions from the windshield;
and no person shall drive a motor vehicle with snow, ice,
moisture or other material on any of the windows or mirrors,
which materially obstructs the driver's clear view of the
highway.
    (e) No person shall drive a motor vehicle when the
windshield, side or rear windows are in such defective
condition or repair as to materially impair the driver's view
to the front, side or rear. A vehicle equipped with a side
mirror on each side of the vehicle which are in conformance
with Section 12-502 will be deemed to be in compliance in the
event the rear window of the vehicle is materially obscured.
    (f) Paragraphs (a), (a-5), and (b) of this Section shall
not apply to:
        (1) (Blank). motor vehicles manufactured prior to
    January 1, 1982; or
        (2) to those motor vehicles properly registered in
    another jurisdiction.
    (g) Paragraphs Paragraph (a) and (a-5) of this Section
shall not apply to any motor vehicle with a window treatment,
including but not limited to a window application, reflective
material, nonreflective material, or tinted film, applied or
affixed to a motor vehicle for which distinctive license plates
or license plate stickers have been issued pursuant to
subsection (k) of Section 3-412 of this Code, and which that:
        (1) is owned and operated by a person afflicted with or
    suffering from a medical illness, ailment, or disease,
    including but not limited to systemic or discoid lupus
    erythematosus, disseminated superficial actinic
    porokeratosis, or albinism, which would require that
    person to be shielded from the direct rays of the sun; or
        (2) is used in transporting a person when the person
    resides at the same address as the registered owner of the
    vehicle and the person is afflicted with or suffering from
    a medical illness, ailment or disease which would require
    the person to be shielded from the direct rays of the sun,
    including but not limited to systemic or discoid lupus
    erythematosus, disseminated superficial actinic
    porokeratosis, or albinism.
        The owner must obtain a certified statement or letter
    written by a physician licensed to practice medicine in
    Illinois that such person owning and operating or being
    transported in a motor vehicle is afflicted with or suffers
    from such illness, ailment, or disease, including but not
    limited to systemic or discoid lupus erythematosus,
    disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis, or
    albinism. However, no exemption from the requirements of
    subsection (a-5) shall be granted for any condition, such
    as light sensitivity, for which protection from the direct
    rays of the sun can be adequately obtained by the use of
    sunglasses or other eye protective devices.
        Such , and such certification must be carried in the
    motor vehicle at all times. The certification shall be
    legible and shall contain the date of issuance, the name,
    address and signature of the attending physician, and the
    name, address, and medical condition of the person
    requiring exemption. The information on the certificate
    for a window treatment must remain current and shall be
    renewed annually by the attending physician. The owner
    shall also submit a copy of the certification to the
    Secretary of State. The Secretary of State may forward
    notice of certification to law enforcement agencies.
    (g-5) (Blank).
    (g-7) Installers shall only install window treatment
authorized by subsection (g) on motor vehicles for which
distinctive plates or license plate stickers have been issued
pursuant to subsection (k) of Section 3-412 of this Code. The
distinctive license plates or plate sticker must be on the
motor vehicle at the time of window treatment installation.
    (h) Paragraph (a) of this Section shall not apply to motor
vehicle stickers or other certificates issued by State or local
authorities which are required to be displayed upon motor
vehicle windows to evidence compliance with requirements
concerning motor vehicles.
    (i) (Blank). Those motor vehicles exempted under paragraph
(f)(1) of this Section shall not cause their windows to be
treated as described in paragraph (a) after January 1, 1993.
    (j) A person found guilty of violating paragraphs (a),
(a-5), (b), or (g-7) (i) of this Section shall be guilty of a
petty offense and fined no less than $50 nor more than $500. A
second or subsequent violation of paragraphs (a), (a-5), (b),
or (g-7) (i) of this Section shall be treated as a Class C
misdemeanor and the violator fined no less than $100 nor more
than $500. Any person convicted under paragraphs (a), (a-5), or
(b), or (i) of this Section shall be ordered to alter any
nonconforming windows into compliance with this Section.
    (k) Nothing in this Section shall create a cause of action
on behalf of a buyer against a vehicle dealer or manufacturer
who sells a motor vehicle with a window which is in violation
of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 94-564, eff. 8-12-05; 95-202, eff. 8-16-07.)
 
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 10/30/2009