There are a number of reasons you will end up paying a motor vehicle fine that does not involve how you are driving. If you are going to be driving from one province to another, be sure to check out the laws and regulations concerning windshields before leaving on your trip. You do not want to get a fine because of a crack or discoloration of the glass. Here are a few of the different laws for some of the provinces.

Type of Glass

While all the provinces require a windshield be made of safety glass, there seems to be a few discrepancies as to what type of safety glass can be used. In Nova Scotia, only laminated glass may be used. In British Columbia, the law states that safety glass cannot have been heat tempered or case hardened. Ontario merely states it must be safety glass, but does not specify anything else about the type.

Glass Tint or Color

In British Columbia, any tinting adhesive may not extend  more than 75 mm below the top of the windshield. Ontario prohibits any fogging, glazing or clouding of the windshield that keeps the driver from seeing adequately through the glass. Nova Scotia does not permit any type of film or coating to be applied to a windshield that is designed to reduce the amount of light coming through.

Cracks, Holes and Stars

Ontario laws state that the driver's area of the windshield that is cleared with the windshield wiper may not have any crack, chip or hole that interferes with the driver's vision. In Alberta and Quebec, the regulation includes any area of the windshield cleared by the wipers, but allows any blemish that is smaller than 12mm in diameter. Other provinces are a bit more flexible, stating only that the driver's vision may not be impaired.

The laws are mainly concerned with visibility when it comes to problems with windshields. However, even if you the blemish does not interfere with your vision you should have any blemish repaired as soon as possible. A small crack or hole destroys the integrity of the glass. Not only will any chip, crack or hole spread, it weakens the rest of the windshield. It may be made of some type of safety glass, but that does not mean that it cannot cause harm or injury to anyone sitting in the vehicle. A reputable glass company, such as Brite-View Glass, will tell you if a repair will work or if you need to replace the piece. Listen to his or her advice and stay safe and legal.

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