Nissan LEAF Driving NJ Assemblyman Goes After Rollin’ Coal With New Bill

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.

New Jersey Assemblyman Timothy Eustace wants to help Tesla fight the Christie Administration.

New Jersey Assemblyman Timothy Eustace wants to ban rollin’ coal for good

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.

The practice of rollin' coal, courtesy of YouTube.

The practice of rollin’ coal, courtesy of YouTube.

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.

If you’re a fan of his stellar work in the New Jersey Assembly, and you’d like to support his latest endeavours, be sure to drop him a line.


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  • Tim Martin

    This just shows how backwards thinking the lawmakers are. We already have laws against Rollin coal. Its called Title II/ Clean Air Act/ US EPA. This can include massive fines and imprisonment depending on factors and willfulness of offenses. Some fines can run from a few thousand to hundred plus thousand US Dollars for each infraction. This politician would serve the taxpayer better by making them enforce the laws we have rather than show boat with another law they do not enforce.n n

  • Surya

    I read somewhere that while this is already illegal, the current law doesn’t cover most of the trucks this has been applied to as they are not classified as cars.nnI just can’t imagine how stupid one has to be to actually want to tweak his/her truck to be able to do this. Mind bogglingly stupid.

    • D. Harrower

      You just described most of the conservative base in the US.nnThis is on-par with severing your own fuel line and just filling up again and again rather than repairing it.

      • Tim Martin

        You ever hear you will catch more flies with honey? Well we need to stop arguing with each other over left/right, liberal/conservative, or good for environment vs. economics of the matter. Instead try to argue in favor for both sides point of view. There are good reasons to go green from both points of view. One side wants cleaner air and worries about warming. But you can make the case for the other side as well for them to go green. They can save money in the long term from not buying gas. They can have faster, fun to drive cars which are quick off the line. And the best reason for those gas loving people to go green, is, the more we go green the less we have to rely on foreign oil. This works best for all of us involved, no matter your point of view. Less reliance on oil and other fuels means more secure countries, less reason for countries to argue over resources. Look around the world today. Some countries are already vying for control of the artic for oil reserves and the like. Think what would happen if we had less use for natural gas and oil products. Russia would not have as much control of gas for EU as it does now. This might have swayed what is happening in the Ukraine for a better outcome. Anyways this is just my opinion, you can take or leave it.

        • Surya

          I have an idea of how to convince these nut jobs to do something more environmentally sound while still allowing them do be dumb asses. I’ll make a device that allows them do do this coal rolling but in stead of tweaking the engine to produce all that poisonous dust, it’ll be something that blows a cloud of… lets see… cacao powder?

        • PaulScott58

          Tim, while I’d love to entice the other side to stop egregious actions like rolling coal, and do so with a rational argument about the economics and national security aspects of EVs, I’m cynical enough to know that won’t work with much of the right side of the isle. I’ve been driving an EV and using solar to run the car and my house for almost 13 years. I speak on the EV/PV solution nationally, and make all the arguments for going EV/PV. Regardless of what is said, there is a sizeable contingent on the right that refuses to believe reality even when copious documentation is presented. nnnIt’s because of this that I support ever stricter laws such as the one profferred here.

    • Tim Martin

      All vehicles are covered under Title II/ Clean Air Act/ US EPA. This includes cars, trucks, suvs, ETC, ETC. It only makes exceptions for certain experimental vehicles if they apply for permits and that is usually for company development purposes.