New Jersey Bans “Rolling Coal” (AKA, Stupidly Trolling Hybrid Drivers)
New Jersey has just officially criminalized “rolling coal,” a country-fried act of anti-environmentalist rebellion which involves modifying one’s diesel truck to spew out thick, black smoke and soot at any hybrid or eco-friendly vehicle on the road.
Watch, as these Good Ole Boys—who actually have the words “PRIUS REPELLANT” emblazoned on their pickup’s rear window—demonstrate the technique (sans Waylon Jennings narration):
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YYyyYEEeEEeEeeee HHAAAAWWWW!!! [fires pistols into air; shotguns a Keystone Light; laments the fall of the Confederacy/that Duck Dynasty guy’s suspension]
So, yeah, as you can see, it’s pretty obnoxious, and New Jersey was right to outlaw it—even if, as NJ.com notes, doing so was largely redundant. The EPA has already said that rolling coal is a federal crime, as has the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
“It’s to actually make sure we enforce the law. We have laws that lay fallow, I think, in some circumstances,” said Assemblyman Tom Eustace (D-Bergen). “This doesn’t come off as very important unless you’ve been coal-rolled.”
But Eustace has been coal-rolled, and the harrowing experience is what inspired him to craft this bill. Eustace was driving his Nissan LEAF when a coal-rolling pickup truck in front of him “engulfed his car in a cloud of smoke.”
The bill, which was signed into law on Monday by clutch bro Gov. Chris Christie, expressly prohibits:
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 penalty for rolling coal could be as high as $5,000 for a first offense, which is probably more than that “PRIUS REPELLANT” truck could garner on eBay.
News Source: NJ.com (Via: Jalopnik)