Success: Cars Stopped From Spewing Exhaust Clouds

Target: Joann Ginal, Colorado State Representative

Goal: Applaud bipartisan commitment to ban vehicle modifications which allow engines to spew unfiltered exhaust.

Rolling coal, where a diesel car or truck is modified to emit large volumes of harmful exhaust, has recently been banned by the state legislature of Colorado. So-called coal rollers use smoke stacks and special regulators which force the engine to emit as much of the environmentally-harmful and toxic black smoke as possible, sometimes even intentionally doing so to harass other drivers, cyclists or pedestrians. Thanks to public outcry against this silly and irresponsible practice, such as from petitions like this one on ForceChange, Colorado now joins New Jersey as the second state to take a stand on this issue.

The bill, introduced by state representative Joann Ginal, received strong bipartisan support as there is little or no reason to modify a vehicle to intentionally produce more exhaust. Supporters of the bill pointed out the public safety threats caused by thick smoke obscuring other drivers’ vision, and the health threats that diesel exhaust poses, especially to pedestrians or cyclists who may be subjected to the fumes directly. There is also the obvious harm such a practice poses to the environment, as diesel particulates are a major contributor to smog, acid rain and global warming.

The bill must still be signed into law by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, yet given the governor’s previous track record of supporting clean energy policies, it is very likely that it will be approved. If so, drivers violating this ban will be subject to a fine. Sign this petition to thank state representative Ginal for taking a stand on this issue and siding with public health and the environment.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Representative Joann Ginal,

I want to applaud you for introducing a bill which bans vehicle modifications intended to produce excessive exhaust, which has just passed the Colorado state house and senate. This trend, known as “rolling coal,” must be put to a stop, and I am grateful that you have fought for this measure, which will protect the public’s health and safety. As you are aware, diesel particulates are harmful both to human health and to the environment. Anyone who is intentionally trying to produce more of this toxic exhaust should be held accountable for their irresponsibility.

I am hopeful that this ban will set an example for other states to follow, so that this unnecessary practice is eventually banned nationwide. Thank you for taking a stand for the environment and for the people of Colorado.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Salvatore Arnone

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4 Comments

  1. Linda Cummings says:

    We have these morons on northwest Ohio where I live and I have been begging law enforcement and the torn authorities to enforce noise, pollution regulations we have on the books. They are not interested because they don’t live in the neighborhoods where these neanderthals live.

  2. How would this even NOT BE ILLEGAL???? Such a STUPIDITY people are into. Do they want their children to get lung cancer perhaps? Or you know what, just keep it legal so these stupid people die out, but they will take everyone else with them.

  3. Rob Lozon says:

    Good. Should be nation-wide. White trash ignorant hicks.

  4. This is stupid, absurd, primitive and absolutely disrespectful to nature / environment.
    Is that a substitute for the missing masculinity?

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