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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      teknishn
      • 7 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
        • 3 Months 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
        • 3 Months 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
        • 3 Months Ago
        @teknishn
        Let's see how long your cat lasts then...
      yellowzx5
      • 7 Months Ago
      Whatever the position people might think when it comes to EV's or plug ins. I think the coal rolling people need some serious help. These people just don't blast hybrids or electrics, but pedestrians or bicycle riders. Coal rolling fumes contain a lot of dangerous chemicals and if I was hit with this I would sue just to prove a point. Just because I drive a plug in car doesn't mean I care more or less about my health or environment than anyone else. I drive one because I think it's cool. Which means i shouldn't be singled out for that.
      CarNutMike
      • 7 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
        • 3 Months Ago
        @CarNutMike
        Rationality.....On AB...... That's unheard of. Thank you Mike.
      Mbukukanyau
      • 7 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
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Mbukukanyau
        Not just kids doing this....
        OptimusPrimeRib
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Mbukukanyau
        I guess 30 and 40+ are now considered kids.
        purrpullberra
        • 3 Months 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.
      purrpullberra
      • 7 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.
      yellowzx5
      • 7 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
        • 3 Months 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
      • 7 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
        • 3 Months Ago
        @lad
        Funny! What percentage of EV owners carry weapons vs truck owners? Big bark, no bite.
          jeff
          • 3 Months Ago
          @edward.stallings
          Here in GA you would be quite surprised at the % who drive EV and carry.......
          OptimusPrimeRib
          • 3 Months 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
          • 3 Months 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
          • 3 Months 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
          • 3 Months Ago
          @edward.stallings
          Got it wrong edward; Little bark, Big bite.
        Bombdefuzer
        • 3 Months Ago
        @lad
        Care to formalize that threat? Direct that towards my screen name and see what happens to you!
          raktmn
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Bombdefuzer
          What will you do Bombdefuzer? Wave your tiny penis around louder? GTFO...
      Rex Seven
      • 7 Months Ago
      AutoBlog Red. Where watermelons flock together.
      jeff
      • 7 Months Ago
      It is a health hazard and dangerous due to lack of vision. It should be a very steep fine and second offense should be criminal...
        Ryth
        • 3 Months Ago
        @jeff
        Correct. The person should be sued because of the possible carcinogenic coal dust in the lungs.
        mwilson444419
        • 3 Months Ago
        @jeff
        Criminal? The first time getting caught should be a slap on the wrist. The second time should be a heavy fine.
      username
      • 7 Months Ago
      if it was a trend to throw batteries at large trucks, nothing would be done about it.
        jeff
        • 3 Months Ago
        @username
        And how would batteries (assuming you mean making if a hybrid or BEV) be unsafe and unhealthy for other drivers???
        purrpullberra
        • 3 Months Ago
        @username
        Your comment is as well thought out as your moniker.
        Jonathan
        • 3 Months Ago
        @username
        Vandalism and destruction of property, among others. Oh, sorry. I forgot, that doesn't fit with the narrative of "persecuted intentional polluter" that coal-rolling supporters like to espouse.
      PoMoMangler
      • 7 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
        • 3 Months 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
          • 3 Months Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
          I guess I am a moron because I cannot understand how you can be such an aggressively ignorant a-hole.
        Carpinions
        • 3 Months Ago
        @PoMoMangler
        It's both.
        Larry Litmanen
        • 3 Months 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
          • 3 Months 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
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          So blue that Chris Christie, a republican, was elected...
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'm a Diesel mechanic form Texas. That's right, Texas. I drive a Diesel VW, plan to get a Diesel truck in the future. I work on big rigs for a local grocery chain that has it's own fleet. Our turcks are very modern, oldest are form 2010. It stinks to think that there KID'S do this and ALL diesel owners get hammered for it. My little brother got coal smoked when he walked home from school. THE HELL YOU PROVING, COAL SMOKING A TEN YEAR OLD? I do what I can when see these people on the side and tell them it's all wrong. Most I come across are high school age. Don't make this political, it's just rude. Don't do it. Just a little side note, "rolling coal" is a sign that your running too rich. So your essentialy throwing money out the window.
        Julio B
        • 3 Months Ago
        You are exactly right but the problem I see is that teenage kids that are given this diesel trucks couldn't care less about trowing a bit more money out the window if their parents can afford to buy the truck and give them money for the fuel.
        pavsterrocks
        • 3 Months Ago
        When I was growing up, older kids would pick me up by my feet and shake all the coins out of me. And take my bicycle. Being coal rolled is harmless compared to that.
          raktmn
          • 3 Months Ago
          @pavsterrocks
          Evidently, they shook your brains out along with the coins.
          musiclevelz5
          • 3 Months Ago
          @pavsterrocks
          Harmless? Breathing in all that excess particulate matter is causing hundreds of new sickness and disease in people especially elderly and young people. How about you research it you will be amazed.
          clquake
          • 3 Months Ago
          @pavsterrocks
          So, you should go suck down exhaust fumes for a few minutes, then think back. If you're recollection is that they're the same, then clearly, this would not be the first time you've sucked on a car's exhaust.
          OptimusPrimeRib
          • 3 Months Ago
          @pavsterrocks
          Try this. Let someone do this directly into your face and take the deepest breath you can possibly take.
          purrpullberra
          • 3 Months Ago
          @pavsterrocks
          You simply don't deserve working lungs then. I'd love to attach a mask to a coal roller and strap it to you. It would be just like reliving the fun of your youth.
          jeff
          • 3 Months Ago
          @pavsterrocks
          Both really should be assault...
          edward.stallings
          • 3 Months Ago
          @pavsterrocks
          Making a sensible point on this blog! What are you thinking????
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