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Illinois Bill Would Ban “Rolling Coal” in Diesel Trucks

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It's about time.

Rolling Coal

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If you live anywhere in the United States, you’ve probably seen several people with seemingly more money than brains with lifted diesel trucks pour clouds of black smoke down the road for pure amusement. That’s called “Rollin’ Coal” by diesel enthusiasts, and it might become illegal in the State of Illinois.

To get a diesel pickup to pour clouds of sooty, polar icecap melting smoke, one must remove the emissions equipment that the Environmental Protection Agency requires manufacturers to install, then trick the truck’s computer into thinking it’s all still there. While the smoke stacks might be an impressive sight to some, many videos online show coal rollers using their trucks to blow diesel smoke on pedestrians, cyclists, police cars, and Prii.

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Technically, the modification is already illegal under federal regulations set by the Environmental Protection Act, but the Illinois bill would amend the federal law and likely be strongly enforced, where a maximum fine of $5,000 would be collected from offenders.

The amendment reads: person shall retrofit any diesel-powered vehicle with any device, smoke stack, or other equipment that 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.

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Hopefully other states follow suit and ban the practice in the near future. Although amusing, rolling coal is dangerous for other cars and pedestrians and harms the environment. Watch the video below to see what we mean.

  • Steven Washington

    You are an idiot. While rolling coal may be a waste of money, over the average life span of a diesel truck versus any gas burner, diesels put out less polution and the fuel is actually more easily produced in other ways besides fossil fuels. Take for instance, you can run a diesel off the grease from McDonalds fryers, or biodiesel made from algea. Gas burners can’t say anything like that. In fact, neither can hybrids or all electric cars that both have non-recyclable battery banks and pose major health and safety concerns to first responders that have to pull other people out of those vehicles.