Colorado Bill Set to Stop 'Rolling Coal'

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If you don't know what the practice of "rolling coal" is, then you probably don't own a full-size diesel pickup truck. For the hardcore diesel truck crowd, it's the practice of dumping fuel into the engine to produce thick, black exhaust smoke out the tailpipe. No one knows exactly where the practice started, but it's likely connected to what many diesel drag-racing trucks look like when they launch off the line during a quarter-mile or tractor-pull competition.

Nowadays, the practice can be read as an expression of diesel machismo at truck shows. But, as you can imagine, those who prioritize clean, breathable air — most of us, I'm guessing — don't like the looks of it, especially when so many federal regulations are designed to provide the cleanest possible exhaust from the tailpipes of the newest pickups and cars.

According to The Colorado Independent, after several attempts in the Colorado Legislature, a 2017 bill to ban the practice and make it a Class A traffic violation (costing the violator $100) is now on the governor's desk to sign into law. Other states are likely to follow New Jersey's lead and ban the practice if certain high-torque diesel owners continue to set up their trucks with customized "smoke switches" to produce the effect.

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Those Ford's I see are not rolling coal there on fire. FAKE NEWS.

A long time ago, when rigs were raced on ovals in the US
(it was shown on UK TV occasionally), they used to add methanol to the diesel to get better performance. The side effect was to get big, belching exhausts of black smoke...... Maybe that's where the image was taken from ?

Every YouTube video of rolling coal I see are idiots smoking up bus stops full of people. Really sad.

So are they going to write tickets to those semi's that are going from Silverthorne to the Eisenhower tunnel belching black smoke the whole way?

Some of these trucks are rediculous, it is more like "look at me"

So are they going to write tickets to those semi's that are going from Silverthorne to the Eisenhower tunnel belching black smoke the whole way?

Some of these trucks are rediculous, it is more like "look at me"

"Those Ford's I see are not rolling coal there on fire. FAKE NEWS."

Posted by: heyyouguys | May 9, 2017 1:10:21 PM

It's "they're" on fire, you idiot.


It's "they're" on fire, you idiot.

Posted by: usedtampon | May 9, 2017 3:58:31 PM----------------There still on fire, no matter how you spell it.

Only selfish immature idiots would roll coal making a statement that hurts those who need and use diesels in their work. There should be more than just a fine but the violators should have their trucks destroyed and forced to pickup garbage along the roadside for a year and clean up horse, cow, and pig stalls to get a taste of what they have done. There actions hurt others besides the Prius drivers they roll coal and cause more regulations to those who use diesels for their work. Might be good for these coal rollers to breaths some of that diesel soot.

@Jeff S, Nobody asked you.

Should be a $10,000 fine and not legal to drive it till repaired.

I agree, can't stand coal rollers. Most of them have the IQ of 1 year old.

@papajim--I was expressing an opinion, but I assume from your answer you are in favor of it. It is one thing to not be able to afford a cleaner vehicle but it is another thing to deliberately make your vehicle spew out crap. I forgot you are anti-environmental and want to bring harm upon others. If you ever got coal rolled you might change your mind.

@Andy--Agree most who would do this have low IQs. Maybe this is a case of too much inbreeding. Fortunately most have diesels do not deliberately roll coal.

@papajim--You don't deliberately antagonize people to make a point, Most of these coal rollers have little or no concern for others and that includes those that lawfully own and operate a vehicle. Maybe I over reacted to destroying the vehicle and making them do community service but $100 fine is not going to deter anyone who does this. I assume who are looking for an argument so you will take the side of the coal rollers, but this effects others besides a greenie driving a Prius. You are not in favor of Government regulations but an action like coal rolling gets people upset and then the Government gets involved which effects more than those who coal roll. Sometimes I wonder how smart you are that you can not comprehend this.

Don't see a problem just more made up laws from the wack job left.

@johnny doe--That is precisely the point, coal rolling idiots just cause more Government regulation that effects everyone including the law abiding owners of diesel vehicles. Maybe a better solution would be to sterilize the idiots that roll coal making sure they don't procreate and make further generations of idiots.

@ Jeff S.
I will admit rolling coal is silly when used against others. In this country we have left most conversations void of facts and they amount to some people screamimg on a sidewalk while the opposing side "rolls coal." No facts all emotion. However suggesting that we mutilate people through sterilization has about the same amount of sense.

@Firefighter--That will not happen anyway, but I feel that anyone who would deliberately sabotage their vehicle to harm others should get more than a $100 fine. I have been coal rolled and it is not a pleasant experience. Those who coal roll will not be the ones punished or hurt but the victims of the act and those who own and operate diesel vehicles for a living because more laws and regulations as a result of putting pressure on the Government to increase regulations. I do think there are a lot of stupid people that do thoughtless stupid things without caring what effects they have on others and without a thought that maybe they are harming someone that they did not intend to harm. One has a right to express their own opinion but not at the expense of others rights. I don't have a right to deliberately harm someone.

@Firefighter--That will not happen anyway, but I feel that anyone who would deliberately sabotage their vehicle to harm others should get more than a $100 fine. I have been coal rolled and it is not a pleasant experience. Those who coal roll will not be the ones punished or hurt but the victims of the act and those who own and operate diesel vehicles for a living because more laws and regulations as a result of putting pressure on the Government to increase regulations. I do think there are a lot of stupid people that do thoughtless stupid things without caring what effects they have on others and without a thought that maybe they are harming someone that they did not intend to harm. One has a right to express their own opinion but not at the expense of others rights. I don't have a right to deliberately harm someone.

@Firefighter--That will not happen anyway, but I feel that anyone who would deliberately sabotage their vehicle to harm others should get more than a $100 fine. I have been coal rolled and it is not a pleasant experience. Those who coal roll will not be the ones punished or hurt but the victims of the act and those who own and operate diesel vehicles for a living because more laws and regulations as a result of putting pressure on the Government to increase regulations. I do think there are a lot of stupid people that do thoughtless stupid things without caring what effects they have on others and without a thought that maybe they are harming someone that they did not intend to harm. One has a right to express their own opinion but not at the expense of others rights. I don't have a right to deliberately harm someone.

This is why we can't have nice things... make a nice truck/car and inbred rednecks will find a way to use it to be a selfish inconsiderate a****le to other people who dont look/talk/act like them. The law is tightened to stop this behavior and it impacts other people as well. Read the text of the law, this is the foot in the door to severely limit tuning/modifications to factory equipment.


I've said it a million times, that Prius or that line of cyclists that you rolled coal all over? Likely the first thing they did after that even was to call their congressman/local authorities etc. to report it and demand that they "do something about it", now they have. So pat yourselves on the back diesel bros... you earned it.

@Jeff S

My wireless connection was crap yesterday. I've not been online during the last 24 hrs

You got teased by one of the idiots

Signed

Papajim

In reality the legislature in Colorado has bigger fish to fry. this is the silly kind of process in the state capital that makes serious folks wonder if there's really any reason to support the activities of the state's government.

Colorado is a windswept place for most of the year. The impact of people's vehicle exhaust in a place like Colorado is nill. It's a great bill for giving the appearance of government actually doing something useful. In reality, it isn't

@papajim--Thanks for letting me know. It seems that there are other juveniles besides the coal rollers. Have a Great Day!

@devilsadvocate--Well said, thank you. My landscaper and my handyman both have Ford crew cab Powerstrokes and would never do this--they are too busy making a living and raising their families. If anything these coal rollers hurt people like my landscaper and handyman by getting people enraged and demanding more laws and regulations which will most likely not stop this bad behavior. I doubt a $100 fine will make a difference and many law enforcement officers don't have the time or resources to rigorously enforce this law.

Diesel pick up truck owners -- you love your trucks- as we all can see by the time and money you invest in them.

Performance events and dyno challenges are the best places to put down your power.

Rolling Coal legislation has now passed or been introduced in 6 states.

Diesel has had enough of a black eye from VW's actions, which has created an unwelcoming environment for diesel as a technology.

If you want a diesel option to be around in these pick up trucks for a good long time, stop rolling coal! It sends the wrong message to everyone.

You are preaching to the choir, and falling right it the liberal and moderate hands like Jeff S/Don S. Jeff really gets worked up on this coal stuff.

Don't see a problem just more made up laws from the wack job left.
Posted by: johnny doe | May 9, 2017 7:33:44 PM

Yep. And the wack job moderates and liberal repubicans. Just look how Jeff got fired up.

Too funny.

Ahh yes.....the GM ignorance has arrived.

Damn Trumpers!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSoxVelk8Iw

In reality the legislature in Colorado has bigger fish to fry. this is the silly kind of process in the state capital that makes serious folks wonder if there's really any reason to support the activities of the state's government.

Posted by: papajim | May 10, 2017 9:29:57 AM

This is kind of a chicken vs. egg scenario. Are legislators or the coal rollers responsible for this wasted time? As you accurately point out, the lege absolutely has bigger fish to fry, but is it that they are chasing some vain cause in the name "governing"? Or is it (more likely) that a certain segment of society insists on being a thorn in the side of anyone who doesnt think/talk/act like themselves by doing stuff like rolling coal on innocent bystanders to the point that there is a enough public outcry to warrant action that is clogging up the system and wasting people's time that could be dedicated to the more important matters at hand?

Think of it like grade school, the teacher has several important things he/she needs to accomplish every day, but if there is constantly some kid in the back of the classroom kicking the backs of other student's chairs, making farting sounds, and generally being a disruptive sh**head, the teacher has to deal with the problem even if it means taking time away from the more important things they were trying to accomplish that day.

Damn Trumpers!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSoxVelk8Iw
Posted by: Frank | May 10, 2017 10:17:30 AM

Damn Hillary flunkies. Get off the blog with your lib politics you big dope.

I doubt a $100 fine will make a difference and many law enforcement officers don't have the time or resources to rigorously enforce this law.


Posted by: Don | May 10, 2017 9:37:08 AM

Right... $100 is pennies compared to the money spent modding these trucks. It will more likely become a badge of honor of sorts like all the tuner punks who get cited for too low ride height/ excessive camber/ exhaust too loud etc etc etc.

I agree with what someone said above, should be impound and thousands of dollars in fines, but then that forces it to go before judge and they will have to present evidence to get a conviction which costs time and money better spent elsewhere, so in the end of the day Mr. Homo Erectus gets his brodozer back with a slap on the wrist and minor inconvenience, and now has a story to brag about with his buddies.

I've talked to a lot of women who know guys that get the big lifts and do the rollin coal thing. They say all those guys have one thing in common. Small private parts.
Seems that all that rollin coal and jacked up truck stuff is just a compensation thing.

"I've talked to a lot of women who know guys that do the rollin coal thing."

Sure you have. (eyes rolling).

papajim is right as usual.

I've talked to a lot of women who know guys that get the big lifts and do the rollin coal thing. They say all those guys have one thing in common. Small private parts.
Seems that all that rollin coal and jacked up truck stuff is just a compensation thing.


Posted by: dale milner | May 10, 2017 10:29:09 AM

This a tired, over-used and baseless stereotype constantly thrown about by the left/progs anytime they dont understand (or more accurately dont want to understand) why someone would do something.

The fact is, big loud truck, guns, and other "compensatory" activities (as some like to call them) just scratch that primal itch that some people get. It satisfies the inner child that some of us never grew out of. Rolling coal is just the adult progression of the kid who bullied people or constantly disrupted class to get attention growing up. It doesn't always have to be about compensating for some perceived inadequacy. Some people just get off on tormenting people who are different than themselves, for no other reason than it is "fun" for them to do so.

I've known people who were hung like horses who drove big trucks, shot guns, and did all the stereotypical "small member" things people like to joke about. Ive also known people who werent very well endowed at all who just went about their daily business, drove normal boring cars, and kept to themselves. One has almost nothing to do with the other, and making everything you dont understand into some compartmentalized stereotype is no better than the guy who smokes out a bunch of cylists on the shoulder because their chosen mode of transportation is different than his own.

Great post, In addition, to (stop rolling coal and) slowing down, you can waste less energy by simply turning your thermostat down to 65 degrees in the day and down to 55 degrees at night.

Put on a sweater to keep warm.

The energy shortage is real and we must learn to live more thriftily, use less gas, and drive smaller trucks like the Honda Ridgeline.

There are some very good lease deals on compact cars that everyone should check out.

We are in an energy crisis.

Jimmy Carter would be proud of PUTC. Oh yeah.
Posted by: Jeff S. | Mar 14, 2017 12:29:02 PM

Follow New Jersey's lead?

So what Trenton, NJ does is good for you guys? Really?

Do you think Trenton, New Jersey represents the mainstream readership of PUTC?

I don't.

The only time I ever see of this pickup truck owners "rolling coal" problem is when I read about it on PUTC.

This is fake news!

What the really want to do is ban pickups and SUVs.

Damn Hillary flunkies. Get off the blog with your lib politics you big dope.


Posted by: Danny | May 10, 2017 10:27:54 AM

I do not care of that Broad, and much less you.....shoooo go away......

What is papajim right about?

I roll coal all over liberal idiots ALL DAY EVERY DAY! They try to ruin my country, I ruin their day!

@papajim,

I don't know what rolling coal is, but don't you think it would be fun to do to Jeff S? Sounds like a whole lotta fun if you ask me.

PS Jeff S is a party pooper.

devilsadvocate
Sounds like some men need to grow up.

Good call! People shouldn't be allowed to do such toxic, dangerous, immature things with their vehicles. There are better things you can do for "fun".

What does Rolling coal have to do with your political stance? I can't stand Hillary Clinton and I've never been a fan of the Democrates. These Coal rollers that don't care about anyone else but themselves give the rest of us a bad name.

What is papajim right about?
Posted by: dale | May 10, 2017 1:16:23 PM

What am I right about? As my wife and kids say EVERYTHING

Jeff and his postings are long past his sell by date. Wish he would move to the country of his loyalties, Cancun, Mexico, and leave us alone. Just a thought.

In reality the legislature in Colorado has bigger fish to fry. this is the silly kind of process in the state capital that makes serious folks wonder if there's really any reason to support the activities of the state's government.

Colorado is a windswept place for most of the year. The impact of people's vehicle exhaust in a place like Colorado is nill. It's a great bill for giving the appearance of government actually doing something useful. In reality, it isn't
Posted by: papajim | May 10, 2017 9:29:57 AM

What am I right about? As my wife and kids say EVERYTHING
Posted by: papajim | May 10, 2017 8:49:49 PM

You lie.

Political Protest Or Just Blowing Smoke? Anti-Environmentalists Are Now ‘Rolling Coal’

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/06/rolling-coal-photos-video_n_5561477.html

That soot, which coal rollers call “Prius repellent” in online videos and forums and on decals on their trucks, can then be channeled up through “smoke stacks,” where it exits onto bystanders (or a Prius following too closely) in a thick, pollutant-heavy black cloud.

“I run into a lot of people that really don’t like Obama at all,” an unnamed Wisconsin seller of smoke stack kits told Slate’s David Weigel, explaining some of the rationale behind the movement. “If he’s into the environment, if he’s into this or that, we’re not. I hear a lot of that. To get a single stack on my truck—that’s my way of giving them the finger. You want clean air and a tiny carbon footprint? Well, screw you.”

In addition to the negative environmental impacts of increased emissions, the American Cancer Society has linked exposure to diesel exhaust to a variety of negative health effects, including lung cancer.



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