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Old 08-31-14, 08:37 PM
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"Rolling coal" caught on video during yesterday's ride

I'm sure most of you have heard of diesel trucks "rolling coal". For those who haven't, it's when the driver does something to cause the truck to belch out a thick cloud of black, carcinogenic smoke. The bullies who do this like to smoke out cyclists, pedestrians, and even other motorists. Yesterday it happened to me while on a group ride in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

We had just started our ride in downtown Colfax, so we were going pretty slow. After making the video from my helmet-mounted GoPro, I grabbed a screenshot off the raw file to try to get the license plate number. I am able to decipher all but the second digit. Here in California that digit is usually a letter. It is either an "X" or a "T".

Dodge Ram Cummins Turbo Diesel 'rolling coal' on road group ride 8-30-14 by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

Here's the video.

Dodge Ram 'rolling coal' on our group road ride 8-30-14 Video - Pinkbike

I have noticed that the dbag behavior in the hills seems to happen most while on group rides. When I ride solo I have almost zero issues. I also "dress down", meaning that the only cycling-specific clothing I wear is the shorts. I wear regular clothing up top. I have found that motorists treat you better when they think you're using your bike for transportation instead of "playing" on "their" roads. Sad, but true. Other cyclists have reported the same thing.
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Old 08-31-14, 09:14 PM
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Complain to CARB / the CHP.

Had he had his phone hanging out the passenger window, it could have been this guy:
Cummins vs Bicycles - YouTube
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Old 09-02-14, 02:51 PM
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Coal-rolling how-to:

How-to Guide To Modify Trucks For Coal Rolling | The Daily Caller
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Old 09-02-14, 10:14 PM
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Run both the "X" and "T" versions of the license number you captured through the Cal Vehicle Smog Test database to see if the vehicle description from the smog test records matches the coal rolling truck.
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I hear it's a heck of a ticket getting caught like this.

IF you find him in smog DB perhaps the local authorities would appreciate the revenue. Particularly, if it does match the youtube db (db in other sense)...

Too bad this is not considered assault, for someone with asthma it could be very dangerous.
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Old 09-05-14, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by retrofit View Post
Run both the "X" and "T" versions of the license number you captured through the Cal Vehicle Smog Test database to see if the vehicle description from the smog test records matches the coal rolling truck.
Thanks for that I tried the "X" and "T", no luck. Neither one came back to a Dodge so I tried a couple other letters, still no luck I thought that what I was able to decipher was "6_72448" (the underscore representing the letter I can't read).
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If it happens to me - and it hasn't happened yet - I will stop and pull out my cell phone. I'll dial 911, I'll describe the vehicle and its heading to the dispatcher, and will assert that the driver is blinding cyclists repeatedly with exhaust from his vehicle in a way that leaves no doubt that he's doing it for cruel sport. I'll give them my name and address. They'll already have my cell no. And I'll offer to cooperate in any investigation and/or eventual hearing associated with the incident. That's it. That's all I'll do.

Why wouldn't every one of you do exactly the same?

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Originally Posted by Duane Behrens View Post
Why wouldn't every one of you do exactly the same?
Tend to think that they'd ask you if it was a life threatening emergency, and if not give you the number/transfer you to the local Sheriff or Highway Patrol to work it through them.
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Originally Posted by anotherbrian View Post
Tend to think that they'd ask you if it was a life threatening emergency, and if not give you the number/transfer you to the local Sheriff or Highway Patrol to work it through them.
If I see a drunk driver crossing lanes, slowly weaving in and out of traffic, I'll call it in - even though there is no clear "life-threatening emergency." In the same way, the A-hole in a diesel pickup who swerves close to cyclists- and then presses the accelerator to blind those cyclists in a plume of noxious gases - well, that A-hole is creating a serious physical risk to each cyclist he approaches.

So call it in. Don't EVER be shy about this. Because here's how it works: If the LEOs ARE busy responding to an accident or a crime of greater importance, you'll be placed on the back burner or ignored. And that's fine, that's the way it should be.

But there will be occasions when a motor or patrol is in the area, is free, and is able to approach and observe the A-hole's behaviour.
Cue flashing red and blue lights.
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Good article about the EPA ruling that rolling coal is illegal.

'Rolling coal', deemed illegal by the EPA, enjoys 15 minutes of fame - BikePortland.org
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Originally Posted by anotherbrian View Post
Tend to think that they'd ask you if it was a life threatening emergency, and if not give you the number/transfer you to the local Sheriff or Highway Patrol to work it through them.
Could be quite fatal either crashing OR asthma. I'll bet Asthma death is first widely published.
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This is so obnoxious.
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our non-emergency dispatch number is answered by the 911 operator on duty, so I figure I might as well go direct. People call 911 for a lot less than this
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I saw this happen for the first time last week down by the beach. Except instead of a bicyclist the truck was smogifying a convertible Porsche. The odd thing was that the guy in the Porsche thought it was about the funniest thing ever and was laughing hysterically while yelling for the truck to do it again!
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I got the same thing from that dirtbag about a month ago. I just finished climbing out of Rollins Lake and pulled out of the stop sign onto SR174 going toward Colfax. He nailed me on the slight uphill grade. I'll bet he lives up 174 toward Grass Valley.
There is another guy on an old Chevy diesel truck that likes to do that too.
Many times you can find either a Sheriff or a CHP cop in the Colfax area. Keep the pic of that truck license plate. The cop can probably figure out who it belongs to and maybe do something about it.
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Old 09-10-14, 03:12 PM
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If you're sure about the plate numbers, the letters "A" and "V" are the only two that come back as Dodge pickups.
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