Diesel enthusiasts have long been rolling coal, generally pouring black clouds of smoke on Prius drivers if they feel so inclined.
However, the practice may soon be deemed illegal in the state of Illinois should a proposed bill be passed.
In order to roll coal, one must remove the emissions equipment that the Environmental Protection Agency requires manufacturers to install, then smoke stacks are typically installed to blast out the black smoke.
The amendment from Illinois reads:
“…no person shall retrofit any diesel-powered vehicle with any device, smoke stack, or other equipment that enhances the vehicle’s capacity to emit soot, smoke, or other particulate emissions, or shall purposely release significant quantities of soot, smoke, or other particulate emissions into the air and onto roadways and other vehicles while operating the vehicle.”
If the bill is passed, it will be strongly enforced and a maximum fine of $5,000 would be collected from offenders.
I could care less, but I wouldn’t be surprised if more states follow suit should Illinois be successful in banning roaling coal.