New Jersey Assemblyman Timothy Eustace is a veritable champion for electric cars. Not only is his daily driver an all-electric Nissan LEAF, but Assemblyman Eustace was key in the fight against anti-Tesla legislation in his home state.
Now, the elected official from Maywood, New Jersey is tackling a new foe: the growing antisocial practice of “rollin’ coal”.
After a recent nasty experience on the New Jersey Turnpike, Eustace is planning on introducing a bill to the Assembly which would make it illegal to retrofit diesel vehicles with equipment designed to increase particulate emissions.
As NJ.Com reports, Assemblyman Eustace (D-Bergen) was driving his Nissan LEAF along the New Jersey Turnpike recently when a raise pickup truck in front of him suddenly belched out a plume of thick, black smoke, completely obscuring his vision of the road ahead.
For those who don’t know, rollin’ coal is the practice of fitting diesel vehicles — most often large pickup trucks or SUVs — with extra hardware designed to trick the vehicle’s engine management system into thinking it needs more fuel.
Activated by a switch somewhere on the dash, the system causes the truck to pump more diesel fuel into the engine than necessary, resulting in large clouds of black smoke to emit from the vehicle’s exhaust.
Fitting the kits and rollin’ coal has not only become a favourite past-time for conservatives wanting to protest against the current administration, but also a menace for unsuspecting road users who happen to be driving the type of car deemed too ‘liberal’ for rollin’ coalers.
As well as being a nuisance, rollin’ coal also increases air pollution, not to mention the risk of accidents due to reduced visibility in its victims. And while rollin’ coal is already technically illegal in the U.S., Eustace is keen to make sure that his state legislates to make modifying the exhaust and engine systems of diesel vehicles for the expressed purpose of rollin’ coal illegal.
Eustace says he was already planning on introducing legislation to ban rollin’ coal before he was the victim of a rollin’ coal attack. His recent experiences just serve to make him more determined to see the bill passed.
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