The North Carolina House of Representatives recently passed a bill that seeks to make the Carolina Squat illegal.
For those readers who may be unaware, the Carolina Squat is a relatively new trend in vehicle modification whereby a vehicle is raised in front and lowered in the rear, giving it a negative rake angle. Also known as the Dover Dip, the Tennessee Tilt, and the Cali Lean, the trend is popular among truck and SUV owners, but now, North Carolina is seeking to ban the trend outright.
The bill, sponsored by Representatives B. Jones, Bell, Saine, and Hardister, states that “a private passenger automobile shall not be modified or altered by elevating the automobile more than 3 inches from the manufacturer’s specified height in the front and lowering the automobile more than 2 inches from the manufacturer’s specified height in the rear. A private passenger automobile modified or altered in violation of this subsection shall not be operated upon any highway or public vehicular area.”
Critics argue that the modifications make vehicles unsafe, affecting handling and braking, while also reducing forward visibility. The modifications are also believed to cause undue stress on mechanical components.
The bill passed the North Carolina House of Representatives on may 6th. If the bill passes the North Carolina Senate, the ban on the Carolina Squat will be made effective on December 1st. Penalties for breaking the law could include a fine or license revocation.
In response to the new bill, proponents of the Carolina Squat have launched a change.org petition to keep the modifications legal.
“People made a petition to get sqautted [sic] trucks illegal cause they don’t like it or think it looks dumb but us Carolina boys made this petition to keep it legal cause we like it and if it a tooted up we don’t want it,” the petition reads.
The petition has collected 22,237 signatures as of this writing.
Source: North Carolina General Assembly