North Carolina Is Trying To Ban Squatted Trucks

Squatted trucks (aka the “Carolina Squat” mod) are part of a new trend among younger auto enthusiasts that involves lowering the rear suspension and raising the front, giving the illusion that the truck or SUV is resting in a “squatting” position. The “Carolina Squat” may soon be a thing of the past. At least legally. North Carolina lawmakers are hoping to outlaw vehicles with this modification.

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Why Is North Carolina Aiming to Ban Squatted Trucks?

House Bill 692 was passed with an almost unanimous vote by the North Carolina House of Representatives and sent on to the Senate. The bill states:

“A private passenger automobile shall not be modified or altered by elevating more than three inches from the manufacturer’s specified height in the front and lowering the automobile more than two inches from the specified height in the rear.”

There are over 70,000 signatures on a petition in favor of the bill.  Often, drivers on the road with squatted vehicles have issues since regular headlights can like high beams due to the angle. Pedestrians are also at a higher risk as the sight-lines in a squatted vehicle are altered. The petition claims:

“These trucks blind people with their headlights pointed to the sky and show zero care for others safety, they also pose a danger to passengers in cars by having the nose of their trucks pointed up.”

If the bill passes through the Senate, offending drivers could be fined or even lose their license.

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