Rolling Coal Banned in New Jersey

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First let’s be clear. Rolling coal is dumb, as evidenced by the mouth breather sucking smoke from the exhaust pipe above. There is nothing cool about it and it just ruins the perception of trucks, diesels, and red necks even more than it already is. 

It is also already illegal according to EPA and they had come out officially against the phenomenon. Then again the EPA is against everything that breathes and emits anything other than pure O2.

With all of that the state of New Jersey decided to explicitly ban the practice of rolling coal. Here is the short and sweet bill as signed.

SYNOPSIS

Prohibits retrofitting diesel-powered vehicles to increase particulate emissions for the purpose of “coal rolling”; prohibits the practice of “coal rolling.”

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

As introduced.

AN ACT concerning certain retrofits to diesel-powered vehicles and supplementing P.L.2005, c.219 (C.26:2C-8.26 et al.).

BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

  1. No person shall retrofit any diesel-powered vehicle with any device, smoke stack, or other equipment which enhances the vehicle’s capacity to emit soot, smoke, or other particulate emissions, or shall purposely release significant quantities of soot, smoke, or other particulate emissions into the air and onto roadways and other vehicles while operating the vehicle, colloquially referred to as “coal rolling.” Any person who violates this section shall be subject to the penalties established pursuant to section 27 of P.L.2005, c.219 (C.26:2C-8.52) and any other applicable law.
  2. This act shall take effect immediately.

STATEMENT

This bill prohibits, and establishes penalties for:

1) retrofitting any diesel-powered vehicle with any device, smoke stack, or other equipment which enhances the vehicle’s capacity to emit soot, smoke, or other particulate emissions; and

2) purposely releasing significant quantities of soot, smoke, or other particulate emissions into the air and onto roadways and other vehicles while operating the vehicle.

The bill would prohibit “coal rolling” – the practice of intentionally releasing thick, black diesel smoke and soot from smokestacks on specially retrofitted diesel-powered trucks, which has gained some popularity recently. Coal rolling increases air pollution in the State and creates unsafe driving conditions on New Jersey’s already congested roadways.

Why did they need to outlaw and outlawed practice? In case you can’t figure it out from the video above  assemblyman Tim Eustace, who was interviewed by NJ.com, reminds us about how we all forget what laws we have on the books already:

“It’s to actually make sure we enforce the law. We have laws that lay fallow, I think, in some circumstances,” Eustace said. “This doesn’t come off as very important unless you’ve been coal-rolled.”

The law sets the penalty for rolling coal at a stout $5000 “established pursuant to section 27 of P.L.2005, c.219 (C.26:2C-8.52),” for a first offense.

What’s your take on the rolling coal phenomenon?

William Connor

As the Editor, William is responsible for all the good, the bad, the ugly and the indifferent that happens at 4WAAM. William brings a wide range of experience to this role having been a cook, a painter, a machinist, part time mechanic, computer programmer, and writer. He also wields a freely shared opinion on just about everything., just ask him.

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