Environmental concerns have led to many new discussions surrounding diesel fuels and their overall cleanliness. More specifically, “rolling coal” has come up as a debate.
New Jersey became the first state in the U.S. to ban the act of rolling coal, but Colorado isn’t far behind. The Colorado Independent reports a new anti-coal rolling bill has passed the both the state house and congress. Now, it moves on to be signed by the governor.
The bill has received bipartisan support to deter “the act of knowingly blowing black smoke through one or more exhaust pipes attached to a motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,000 pounds or less in a manner that obstructs or obscures the view of another driver, a bicyclist, or a pedestrian.”
Of course, many owners of Chevrolet, Ford and Ram trucks are likely guilty of attempting to roll coal at least once.
After two failed attempts to pass an anti-coal rolling bill, rewording garnered additional support from Republicans. Some still believe it will be hard to prove intent, but supporters argued smog equipment would have to have been illegally modified to partake in coal rolling.
If the governor does sign the bill, rolling coal will become a class A traffic offense and warrant a $100 fine.