• Feb 17, 2007

Just as spinner wheels start to come off customized cars, the New York State Senate Transportation Committee has decided that it is time to ban them. It's difficult to understand why the bill is gaining traction with no known associated risks to drivers. It's not like cars are slamming into one another because awe-struck onlookers are failing to pay attention to intersections while the Escalade's 24's go round and round. This screams of hypocrisy. You can get hubcaps with advertisements on them. Talk about distracting! What about those naked lady mud flaps on all those big rigs? A couple of times I've seen pickup trucks with male body parts dangling from the rear bumper. I wonder how many people have rear-ended someone while trying to read the latest 'my kid beat up your honor roll student' bumper sticker. The list goes on.

SEMA is stepping up to defend the rights of customizers everywhere by lending its powerful voice in opposition to Bill 1640, which calls for fines of $750 for the the third violation and beyond. In the annals of automotive history, this bill could never be the reason for the demise of the spinner wheel. That decisive blow came when the first set of K-Mart spinner hubcaps when on sale.

[Source: Winding Road]



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      • 7 Years Ago
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      • 7 Years Ago
      Do you honestly rely on the motion of the wheels to determine motion of a 1.5 ton vehicle? Do you find yourself throw off by the baby-moon hubcaps that were popular in the past? When I see a vehicle I look at how it's motion relates to the background. I'd like to believe I have better than average depth perception but the truth is I have common sense and tend to use it while I drive. A ban on spinners because they confuse some is just stupid. Maybe if there was an epedemic of people running off the road and getting in accidents because of them I could understand this but the truth is the spinning wheels tend to cause you to think a stopped vehicle is still moving so you become more cautious of them.
      And there is no chance of a spinning wheel throwing off radar, if that were the case helicoptors would appear as supersonic jets on radar, that's just not how radar works.
      • 7 Years Ago
      'went on sale' at Kmart, who edits these articles?

      So no bling bling in the ghetto anymore? Are they going to ban chains, diamond rings and fur coats next? I mean really, this is actually quite ludicrous and slightly, if not racist, economical class prejudice.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe they are being banned not for being unsafe, but as a campaign against bad taste. ;-)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Autoblog, you need to employ someone to moderate/delete comments in your posts when appropriate. Which lately, is very often.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Spinners are both silly, and very last-decade. But still, BANNING them? I guess the New York lawmakers have every other problem, both real and perceived, cured, so now they can turn their attention to a fading fashion.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Living in CT you always get distracted looking at the Statue of Liberty on a NY plate. We we should ban everything that is not "safe" then we won't ever die. Thank God for government!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm not surprised. New York State Socialism at its finest. If they could everyone would be forced to ride around in horse and buggy!
      • 7 Years Ago
      that only a wanker has such a thing on their vehicle is no reason to ban the stunned things. some politicians have far too much time on their hands ...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I swear I read about this bill being defeated in the SAN newsletter every year. Who keeps trying to put this ban on spinners forth and why does he or she hate them so much?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Forgot one other thing;
      A car's onboard computer cannot tell what the unsprung wieght of the wheels and tires are. If that were the case putting a donut on a car would trigger the check engine light.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm a steamroller baby!!!!
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