If you misbehave in front of the wrong person, they will see to it that your form of fun is forever banished. In New Jersey, State Assemblyman Tim Eustance was driving his Nissan Leaf on the New Jersey Turnpike when a diesel truck pulled up next to him and proceeded to smoke him out. Smart move, dumbass, because now Eustace is presenting a bill, A3583, which will outlaw both the act of rolling coal and any modifications made to a truck to further enhance it’s ability to puke out black smoke. The fines will be handed down from New Jersey’s Department of Ecological Protection, and you can bet that those fines are going to be impressive. And if it does pass, expect other states, especially neighboring states, to take notice.
I’ll stick my neck out with my opinion: I’m all for modding diesel trucks for both work and play. After seeing Diesel Drags and truck pulls, diesels can be a seriously bad-ass mill that makes the kinds of numbers that power cruise ships. But “rollin’ coal” is the automotive equivalent of crop-dusting pews at church: everybody was minding their own business, nobody was bothering you, yet you decided to let that simmering dinner of Taco Bell and Michelob assault every nose in every pew as you got up and left early. I actually hope this legislation does pass, and I hope diesel owners take note. Getting the law involved where it never needed to be involved in the first place is not a good thing and only hurts the entire automotive culture’s standing in society.