Contact Us

Colorado Clearing the Air with ‘Rolling Coal’ Ban

Subscribe to 99.9 The Point on

If you’ve ever been behind a diesel vehicle spewing nauseating thick black smoke, you may not know it, but that smoke has a name “rolling coal.”

The Colorado Legislature has finally decided to put an end to these pollution machines by making them illegal. My only question is, what took them so long?

Rolling Coal is created when the owner of a diesel vehicle modifies the vehicle and exhaust system to release thick black exhaust.

Modifying a vehicle’s exhaust system is already a federal crime, but those modifying a vehicle to be a coal roller do so just to be obnoxious – or to make them feel cool.

They intentionally create noxious fumes and smoke to release on pedestrians, bicyclists, and other motorists.

Colorado is only the second state in the US to make this practice illegal. New Jersey banned the practice in 2015. If a driver in that state gets ticketed, it’s a $5,000 fine. In Colorado, the fine is a measly $100.

Still, it’s a start at getting these coal rollers to put a plug in it and gives authorities more leverage to enforce federal emissions laws.

This is the second attempt by the State Legislature to pass Senate Bill 278. The first attempt was rejected because some lawmakers felt it might affect farmers, ranchers, and haulers who use diesel vehicles and equipment.

Now that it has passed, SB 278 only needs Governor John Hickenlooper’s signature to become law.

Just in case you still don’t understand what rolling coal is, why people do it, and why it needs to be illegal, the video should answer all of your questions.

[The Colorado Statesman]

NEXT: Latest Mesa County Phone Scam is for the Jail Birds

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for The Point Insiders quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive The Point Insiders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.