Coal Rolling Banned In New Jersey

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
coal rolling banned in new jersey

Dudebros in their diesel brodozers will need to take their coal rolling outside of New Jersey, as the state has banned the practice.

Governor Chris Christie signed the legislation — S2418 — earlier this month, according to S2148 outlaws “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.”

The law’s language is echoed elsewhere under current federal and state statutes, but Assemblyman Tim Eustace of Bergen, N.J. says the new law is there to ensure the aforementioned statutes are actually enforced:

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

As for what awaits someone more than willing to unleash black smoke upon their fellow driver in the Garden State, the New Jersey State Department of Environmental Regulations will have the power to establish fines meant to discourage coal rolling.

[Photo credit: Mark Spearman/ Flickr/ CC BY-ND 2.0]

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  • Shaker Shaker on May 13, 2015

    That's what these articles are for - bringing two sub-critcal masses of "Wingnutanium" together, and watch the fireworks.

  • Numbers_Matching Numbers_Matching on May 13, 2015

    I blame the popularity and justification of this behavior on the plethora of ding-bat reality shows that have been targeted to a certain demographic range of the population. Remember when you watched 'Discovery' network as walked away feeling it was time well spent?

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    • Shaker Shaker on May 14, 2015

      @VolandoBajo I pick with the best of 'em, but have to quit when my nose starts bleeding.

  • Brenschluss Brenschluss on May 13, 2015

    If you reserve the right to deliberately give me a headache at the least, or send me to the hospital with respiratory problems at worst with your exhaust, against my will, I reserve the right to give you a headache or send you to the hospital through whatever means I have at my disposal at the time. Once I have this freedom, I'll accept others having the freedom to "Roll Coal."

  • George B George B on May 13, 2015

    I haven't seen any diesel pickup trucks "rollin coal" in the Dallas suburbs. Diesel engine/exhaust modification here seems to focus on faster and louder with occasional black smoke from burnouts, not the exhaust. Maybe the demographic that would make the black smoke modification can't afford a diesel truck around here. However I have seen video of diesel truck drag racing where the fuel/air ratio is obviously rich. The smoke goes white as the truck goes down the track suggesting black smoke is incidental to other modifications.