2006 Code of Virginia § 46.2-1056 - When safety glass required

46.2-1056. When safety glass required.

It shall be unlawful for any person to drive on any highway a motor vehicleregistered in the Commonwealth and manufactured or assembled after January 1,1935, and designed or used for the purpose of carrying persons forcompensation or hire or as a public conveyance to transport school childrenand others, unless such vehicle is equipped with safety glass wherever glassis used in doors, windows, and windshields.

It shall be unlawful to drive on any highway any motor vehicle registered inthe Commonwealth, manufactured or assembled after January 1, 1936, unless thevehicle is equipped with safety glass approved by the Superintendent, ormeets the standards and specifications of the American National StandardsInstitute, Incorporated, or the regulations of the federal Department ofTransportation whenever glass is used in doors, windows, and windshields.

The term "safety glass" as used in this section shall mean any productcomposed of glass so manufactured, fabricated or treated as substantially toprevent shattering and flying of the glass when struck or broken. TheCommissioner shall maintain a list of types of glass approved by theSuperintendent as conforming to the specifications and requirements forsafety glass as set forth in this section and shall not issue a license foror relicense any motor vehicle subject to the provisions herein stated unlesssuch motor vehicle is equipped as herein provided with the approved type ofglass.

No glazing material other than safety glass shall be used in any motorvehicle registered in the Commonwealth, except that the Superintendent maypermit safety glazing materials other than glass to be used in lieu of safetyglass in portions of motor vehicles, trailers, and semitrailers designated byhim, provided any such material bears a trade name or identifying mark, andhas been submitted to and approved by the Superintendent.

If any person drives any vehicle in violation of this section while under acertificate issued by the State Corporation Commission, in addition to thepenalty provided in 46.2-113, the certificate of such person may, in thediscretion of the State Corporation Commission, be suspended until thissection is satisfactorily complied with.

Replacement safety glass installed in any part of a vehicle other than thewindshield need not bear a trademark or name, provided (i) the glass consistsof two or more sheets of glass separated by a glazing material, (ii) theglass is cut from a piece of approved safety glass, and (iii) the edge of theglass can be observed.

(Code 1950, 46-297; 1950, p. 698; 1958, c. 541, 46.1-293; 1960, c. 125;1968, c. 172; 1970, c. 18; 1989, c. 727.)

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