It's always a few bad apples who ruin polluting just for fun for the rest of us. That time-honored American tradition of being rude for laughs, otherwise known as 'rolling coal,' might become illegal in New Jersey, if a Nissan Leaf-driving politician gets his way.

The politician in question is State Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D-Bergen), who was purposefully hit by a blast of dark smoke recently while driving his Leaf on the New Jersey Turnpike, according to NJ.com. This personal experience of what he called "just youthful ignorance" is encouraging him to submit a bill (A3583), which, "Prohibits retrofitting diesel-powered vehicles to increase particulate emissions for the purpose of 'coal rolling'; prohibits the practice of 'coal rolling.'" If you're caught violating the law, you would be hit with a fine from the state Department of Environmental Protection. Of course, the Feds say it is already illegal to modify an exhaust system in a way that allows coal rolling.

Rolling coal has become a bit of a meme recently, with videos of laughing truck drivers spewing their modified exhaust pipes at green cars, pedestrians and bikers around the country. Eustace told NJ.com that, "People had been telling this has been going on, but I hadn't seen it. I was surprised to experience it myself." Perhaps a coal roller in New Jersey will be surprised, too, when the first big fine hits.


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      raktmn
      • 4 Months Ago
      These coal-rollers need to cut this crap out, before they ruin everything for the ENTIRE tuning community. The entire engine tuning industry would go down the drain if there were a new regulation simply requiring people who buy "off-road only" tuning stuff, prove that the vehicle it is being installed in, is not licensed for highway use. Right now, these coal-rollers are forcing the hand of the Feds through their stupidity, potentially ruining it for everyone tuning their vehicles.
      PoMoMangler
      • 4 Months Ago
      I don't care what anyone says. Coal rolling is not a protest against Obama-era environmental policies. It's just being a d!ck.
        FuelToTheFire
        • 1 Day Ago
        @PoMoMangler
        Hey, moron, you know what else is being a d!ck? Driving a rolling fire hazard like the Leaf. It poses a danger to EVERYONE on the road, much more than a guy in a truck fooling around.
          PoMoMangler
          • 1 Day Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
          I guess I am a moron because I cannot understand how you can be such an aggressively ignorant a-hole.
        Carpinions
        • 1 Day Ago
        @PoMoMangler
        It's both.
        Larry Litmanen
        • 1 Day Ago
        @PoMoMangler
        NJ is a deep blue state, people who do this are typical 0bama supporters. They do not do it because they oppose overregulation and environmental Nazism, they do it because they are New Jerseyans (yes that's how you spell it).
          PoMoMangler
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          They do it in other states, too, that are deeply red. I was referring specifically to the description of the practice in Autoblog's recent article on coal rolling as this type of protest.
          clquake
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          So blue that Chris Christie, a republican, was elected...
      m3laszlo
      • 1 Day Ago
      ROLLING COAL is best done at slow speeds or at a stop. He chose the easiest location for his lie to be exposed. Windy NJ Turnpike at NJ Turnpike speeds prevent any kind of effective coal rolling of any kind. Anyone who has commuted on that road can corroborate that. Just another NJ politician shilling for more and more and more government like spreading ebola. By now NJ should be heaven on earth with all that government "improving" everyone's life, no?
        MechE
        • 1 Day Ago
        @m3laszlo
        Who says he got smoked at 65mph. Could have been in dead stopped traffic as is common on the NJ turnpike.
        Bill
        • 1 Day Ago
        @m3laszlo
        I have been "smoked" at 65 MPH. It probably took some practice for the moron to pull that stunt
      Tim
      • 4 Months Ago
      I don't own a "green" car, and I've never had "coal rolling" done to me. But it takes a real tiny dick driver to do this. One event like this puts out more pollution than 1,000 cars driving all day. We have enough problems with pollution as it is.
      teknishn
      • 4 Months Ago
      I love how the uneducated think this is done by modifying exhaust. It has nothing to do with the exhaust. It's a simple matter of changing the tune on the ecu for more power.... And better economy. The result, however, means that if you plant the gas to the floor, it will literally get darker outside. Lol. I have a tuner on one of my diesel trucks that can do this. I have it for power and efficiency though, not acting like an infant.
        domingorobusto
        • 1 Day Ago
        @teknishn
        A properly tuned diesel will make a little black smoke. Rolling coal requires an inefficient tune that is literally just dumping excess fuel into the chamber to make smoke.
        raktmn
        • 1 Day Ago
        @teknishn
        Teknishn -- Most of the people rolling coal are also doing stuff like EGR delete, DPF delete, Cat delete, etc. Do a web search and get educated yourself.
        thescientist4590
        • 1 Day Ago
        @teknishn
        Let's see how long your cat lasts then...
      purrpullberra
      • 4 Months Ago
      Great news! Everybody who does this to their car is a wasteful idiot. Everybody who does this to a person or a car or near people they should be arrested and jailed for assault. And the car destroyed ! Maybe that would stop the fracking idiots.
      CarNutMike
      • 4 Months Ago
      As a NJ resident quite familiar with all manner of ******* drivers (possibly including myself at times), I've yet to see anyone roll coal, despite 3 years driving around in a I-must-be-in-this-because-I-love-the-earth-more-than-you Volt. But hey, why *not* another law, right?
        1454
        • 1 Day Ago
        @CarNutMike
        Rationality.....On AB...... That's unheard of. Thank you Mike.
      mbukukanyau
      • 4 Months Ago
      This politician needs to mature. These are stupid kids doing stupid stuff, does not mean your discomfort because some stupid kid did something stupid should make you go changing laws.
        jeff
        • 1 Day Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Not just kids doing this....
        OptimusPrimeRib
        • 1 Day Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        I guess 30 and 40+ are now considered kids.
        purrpullberra
        • 1 Day Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        And you as a commenter needs to get some intelligence. It's not about age. It's not about discomfort. It is about stopping stupid people from affecting the lives of others. But stupid people don't get that, as you amply demonstrate.
      yellowzx5
      • 4 Months Ago
      I want to see a lawsuit for a family in their Prius suing a coal-roller for assault with a deadly weapon, endangering the welfare of a child, and attempt to murder. It's way out there but I bet you a lawyer could really pull it off. I posted earlier that this was just way out there for these people. Might as well group them with big oil and big tobacco.
        Aussie Aspie
        • 1 Day Ago
        @yellowzx5
        This miscreancy will all come to a head some day when a victim loses control and crashes or suffers a fatal asthma attack. Just imagine the treatment they'll receive in the big house when their fellow inmates discover they're serving 15-to-life for killing a four year-old passenger with an asthma attack. From there on it could be their "exhaust pipe" that's in danger.
      lad
      • 4 Months Ago
      Message to diesel drivers: Don't do this kind of crap because there are people who drive EV that carry weapons and you don't want to piss them off.
        edward.stallings
        • 1 Day Ago
        @lad
        Funny! What percentage of EV owners carry weapons vs truck owners? Big bark, no bite.
          jeff
          • 1 Day Ago
          @edward.stallings
          Here in GA you would be quite surprised at the % who drive EV and carry.......
          OptimusPrimeRib
          • 1 Day Ago
          @edward.stallings
          What percentage of EV owners accidentally shoot themselves or each other vs truck owners? I think truck owners win by a vast margin.
          Julio B
          • 1 Day Ago
          @edward.stallings
          EV driver here, both me and my wife carry. I drive a Volt because its an American made vehicle, that uses American made electricity and gives me the choice to avoid fuel made from imported petroleum whenever possible and saves me some money while doing so. The electric drive is powerful with 273 lb ft of torque from 0 rpm, smooth, silent and quick of the line. I traded a 400hp V8 car and I don't regret it. Many Volt owners have traded anything from CTS-V to huge trucks. Many of the EV owners I know bought the vehicle because of the same reasons and it has nothing to do with saving the planet or hugging trees. Presuming that an EV owner doesn't have the means and the skills to protect themselves could prove very stupid and deadly.
          Julio B
          • 1 Day Ago
          @edward.stallings
          EV driver here, both me and my wife carry. I drive a Volt because its an American made vehicle, that uses American made electricity and gives me the choice to avoid fuel made from imported petroleum whenever possible and saves me some money while doing so.
          lad
          • 1 Day Ago
          @edward.stallings
          Got it wrong edward; Little bark, Big bite.
        Bombdefuzer
        • 1 Day Ago
        @lad
        Care to formalize that threat? Direct that towards my screen name and see what happens to you!
          raktmn
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Bombdefuzer
          What will you do Bombdefuzer? Wave your tiny penis around louder? GTFO...
      Technoir
      • 4 Months Ago
      About time! Hope the law will be enforced and the fines high!
        raktmn
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Technoir
        The law should include requiring the truck owner prove they have brought the vehicle back to full EPA compliance.
      Rex Seven
      • 4 Months Ago
      AutoBlog Red. Where watermelons flock together.
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