The “Carolina Squat,” most commonly a truck or SUV modification to raise the front of a vehicle while keeping the rear end low to the ground, is now illegal in the state of North Carolina.
A law signed by Governor Roy Cooper in August took effect on Wednesday making owners of squatted trucks scramble to find solutions.
The new law for vehicles bans the front fenders from sitting higher than four inches over the rear fenders.
As of December 1st, drivers caught ignoring the new law three times in a year could have their license suspended.
Original Story (6/8/21):
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The North Carolina’s House of Representatives have passed a new bill targeting the ban of the ‘Carolina Squat’.
The ‘Carolina Squat’ is a trend where a truck or SUV has a raised nose and an unmodified or lowered rear end, according to Autoweek.
According to North Carolina House Bill 692, “A private passenger automobile shall not be modified or altered by elevating the automobile more than 3 inches from the manufacturer’s specified height in the front and lowering the automobile more than two inches from the manufacturer’s specified height in the rear. A private passenger automobile modified or altered in violation of this subsection shall not be operated upon any highway or public vehicular area.”
Unlike most states that have a form of headlight or bumper height law, North Carolina doesn’t currently have a rule about bumper height but does have a cap on its headlight height, according to Autoweek. While it might be easier to pass a bumper height law, the North Carolina bill is specifically targeting these reverse-rake pickups.
The bill is now awaiting a state senate vote. If the bill passes the N.C. Senate and drivers continue to modify their vehicles, it could result in a fine or the revoking of their driver’s license.
A change.org petition to make the ‘Carolina Squat’ illegal has over 70,000 signatures.
The petition description states: “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, causing a side collision to flip a passenger car or truck, their steering is off balance, their trucks braking power is worse.”