Owners of the “Carolina Squat” truck have already been quoted

Changes to the “Carolina Squat” in the photo are illegal in North Carolina as of December 1. A Facebook group named “Jacksonville is at it again” posted this photo with a caption warning the locals about the new law.

If you have a “squat” modified truck, it will look illegal in North Carolina as of December 1st, and if you violate it, the owner has already been sent to court.

The Craven County Sheriff’s Office has succumbed to the new law, and owners of these custom vehicles have received warnings and court citations from their agents.

Major David McFadyen of the sheriff’s office said it was unclear how many citations or court orders were issued because the office did not hold those statistics.

“Every time an individual is observed driving a vehicle in violation of the law, they will be quoted,” he said. “If they get that first quote, don’t fix it, and get caught up in the road again, they’ll get another quote.”

Lieutenant Donald McKinnis said in an email that two citations were made by the New Bern police station.

If you violate the law more than once, you risk having your driver’s license revoked for at least one year.

McFaddien said individuals could be fined in court or warned truck owners to prove that the changes had been amended.

Blake Peffrey, salesman for Jacksonville’s OCC auto truck accessories, said people called for the changes to be removed, but not as much as he expected.

“Some of the crouching trucks weren’t the safest,” he said. “Many of them weren’t built correctly and weren’t really safe on the road, but people are trying to do what they want.”

According to Peffrey, stores usually don’t “squat” trucks, instead the driver accomplishes it himself.

“They just removed some of the parts on the back of the truck and made them crouch,” he said. “It’s very easy. All you have to do is remove the block from the back of the truck, and it makes it sit lower behind.”

Background to the ban on “Carolina Squat”

Governor Roy Cooper signed the “Carolina Squat” Act in August and passed it on December 1, banning popular aftermarket amendments in the state.

The law states that this means that private cars, including those registered outside the state, will be driven on the highway or public vehicle area by changing the suspension, frame, or body. It states that it is prohibited. It is more than 4 inches higher than the height of the rear fender when measured from the ground through the centerline of the wheel to the bottom of the fender.

The safety issue with the mods is that raising the front of the vehicle limits the driver’s view and obscures the vehicle in front of the road or truck.

“I’m surprised that we didn’t see more car accidents than we saw in those cars,” McFaddien said.

1 year ago Petition Created to make truck modifications illegal, it has over 71,000 signatures. Their goal was 75,000.

The petitioner alleged that “these trucks point their headlights into the sky, blinding people and not worrying about the safety of others at all.”

Another petition has been created Against Making “squats” look illegal, he states, “We like it and (if it doesn’t) we don’t want it.” The petition has reached its signature target of nearly 25,000 and has been agreed by more than 24,000 people.

Drivers can see squats on private lands such as car shows.

“They can make changes as long as they don’t operate it on the highway or in the public car area,” McFaddien said. “Many mods are done by people who like to put their cars in these car shows with modified vehicles.”

McFaddien said a few months before the law was passed, he saw fewer trucks down on the road than before, but it’s still a concern.

“We work with the owners of those vehicles to make sure they comply with the law,” he said.

This article was originally published in the Sun Journal: Carolina squat truck owners get quoted in Craven County Court

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