Rollin’ coal in Illinois? It could cost you $5,000

Rollin’ coal could get expensive in Illinois.

Rep. Will Guzzardi from the Illinois General Assembly is proposing a new bill that would directly target coal rollers, those folks who modify a vehicle to ensure it emits clouds of dark exhaust smoke. Under the new law the maximum fine would be $5,000.

The bill seeks to amend the state’s Environmental Protection Act. It states that, “no person shall retrofit any diesel-powered vehicle with any device, smoke stack, or other equipment that enhances the vehicle’s capacity to emit soot, smoke, or other particulate emissions, or shall purposely release significant quantities of soot, smoke, or other particulate emissions into the air and onto roadways and other vehicles while operating the vehicle.”

Guzzardi is a first term Democrat who took office in January.