Are Truck Nuts Illegal In California

James Smith
• Sunday, 01 November, 2020
• 7 min read

Most of the spikes you see sticking out of the lug nuts on semis are actually plastic, but because they extend beyond the truck body, they probably could be considered a violation of the law in Washington. Doug Dahl / Washington Traffic Safety Commission Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald Question: I’ve seen quite a few semi trucks with metal spikes sticking off their lug nuts.

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Answer: I could probably write an entire column that consists exclusively of bullet listing all the equipment violations commonly seen on the road. I recall a deputy telling me that he once had to essentially quit noticing all the equipment violations of cars that he was sharing the road with, because he would have never made it home from work if he kept making traffic stops.

They’re generally chrome plated plastic; pretty much just macho bling for your truck. They’re kind of the trucker equivalent of a punk rocker wearing a spiked collar on his neck.

To paraphrase, if something on your wheel sticks out past the body of your vehicle, and it could hurt someone who is walking or riding a bike, it’s illegal. Most vehicle owners don’t take too kindly to a stranger trying to knock parts off their car or truck.

His truck had lug nut covers, but of the more traditional style that don’t project out like spikes. Based on my sample size of one, it appears that that spiked lug nut covers both extend beyond the body of the vehicle (clearly) and constitute a hazard to pedestrians and cyclists (although I’m not willing to be a test subject to reach an incontrovertible determination), so I’m willing to go on record as concluding that they violate Washington law.

Doug Dahl, Target Zero manager communications lead, answers questions about road laws, safe driving habits and general police practices every Monday. This information is provided free of charge by the Department of Industrial Relations from its website at www.dir.ca.gov.

These regulations are for the convenience of the user and no representation or warranty is made that the information is current or accurate. The transfer and attachment of an assembled rim wheel onto a vehicle axle hub.

A vehicle rim or wheel consisting of two or more parts, one of which is a side or locking ring designed to hold the tire on the rim or wheel by interlocking components when the tire is inflated. A publication or chart containing instructions, and safety precautions from the manufacturer or other qualified organization for correct mounting and remounting of tires and safety precautions for the type of rim or wheel being serviced.

(2) The employer shall assure that each employee understands, demonstrates and maintains the ability to service single, split and multi-piece rims or wheels safely, including performance of the following tasks:(A) Remounting of tires (including deflation). © Mounting of tire (including inflation with a restraining device or other safeguard required by this section).

(E) Inflation of the tire when a single piece rim wheel is installed on a vehicle. A safety tire rack, cage, or equivalent protection shall be provided and used when inflating mounted tires installed on single piece, split rim or rims equipped with locking rings or similar devices.

(1) Single piece rims or wheels when installed on the vehicle with the lug nuts fully tightened. (1) Each restraining device or barrier shall have the capacity to withstand the force that would be transferred to it during rim or wheel separation occurring at 150 percent of the maximum tire specification pressure for the type of rim or wheel being serviced.

(1) Restraining devices and barriers shall be visually inspected prior to each day's use and after any separation of the rim wheel components. Any restraining device or barrier exhibiting damage such as the following defects shall be immediately removed from service:(B) Cracked or broken components;© Bent or sprung components caused by mishandling, abuses, tire explosion or rim wheel separation;(D) Pitting of components due to corrosion;(E) Restraining devices or barriers requiring structural repair such as component replacement or rewedding shall be removed from service until they are repaired by either the manufacturer or a California certified welder in accordance with Section 3326(e).

(1) There shall be available in the service area a current split and multi-piece Rim or Wheel Matching Chart, a Typical Rim Contours & Marking Location Chart, and current Rim Manual containing instructions for the proper tools recommended for the type of rim or wheel being serviced. Note: Other publications providing at least the same instructions, safety precautions and other information contained in the charts may be used provided the publications are readily available for reference by employees. (3) Single, split and multi-piece rim or wheel components shall be inspected prior to assembly.

Any rim or wheel or rim or wheel component which has been rendered unfit by being bent out of shape, pitted from corrosion, broken, or cracked shall not be used and shall be marked or tagged unserviceable and removed from the service area. (4) Before making any repairs or welds on rims or wheels, the tire shall be removed and remain off the rim or wheel until the repair is complete and any welds have returned to ambient temperature.

Any repair involving welding on the rim or wheel or any of its components shall only be done in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications. (1) Split and multi-piece rim tires shall be completely deflated by removing the valve core.

Therefore, care shall be exercised while cutting off lug nuts to avoid excessive heating of the wheel. (3) Tires shall be completely deflated by removal of the valve core before remounting.

© Tires shall be mounted only on compatible wheels of matching bead diameter and width. (2) Rim flanges, rim gutters, rings, bead seating surfaces and the bead areas of tire shall be free of any dirt, surface rust, scale or loose or flaked rubber build-up prior to mounting and inflation.

Multi-piece wheel components shall not be interchanged except as provided in the charts or in the applicable rim manual. (8) Employees shall be instructed not to take a position over the tire during inflation and to remain outside the trajectory.

(9) Except as permitted in Section 3326(i)(10), tires shall not be inflated when any flat, solid surface is in the trajectory and within one foot of the sidewall. (12) Except during the operation described in Section 3326(i)(10) employees shall be instructed not to attempt to correct the seating of side and lock rings by hammering, striking, or forcing the components while the tire is pressurized.

Meet Ella Hoff, D.C.'s newest 'style icon' Gee, I'd bet that if a set of fake bull balls hanging from the bumper of a truck mesmerizes you, a spinning propeller in the Reese hitch would probably make you wreck.

Truck nuts hang strapped to the rear of an SUV Truck nuts, also called truck nut, are vehicular vanity accessories resembling a dangling scrotum. They are attached under the rear bumper or trailer hitch making them plainly visible to other vehicles behind.

The truck nuts phenomenon existed in small numbers as custom-made scrotum sacks beginning in the 1980s. The earliest known commercial store-bought truck nuts appeared in the late 1990s but still remained a limited phenomenon.

The two men sold Trucks through the late 1990s and 2000s, competing both in the market and in private, exchanging angry phone calls and emails. This conflict escalated into public relations wars, social media conflicts, posts on review sites, blog attack posts, and finally leading to legal cease and desist orders.

In 2007, MarylandlegislatorLeRoy E. Myers Jr. proposed prohibiting motorists from “displaying anything resembling or depicting 'anatomically correct' or 'less than completely and opaquely covered' human or animal genitals, human buttocks or female breasts”. He said fake testicles were “vulgar and immoral,” and said his proposal was requested by an offended resident.

In Virginia in 2008, DelegateLionell Spill proposed Bill HE 1452 to prohibit truck owners from displaying or otherwise equipping their vehicles with devices resembling human genitalia. In April 2008, the Florida Senate voted for a $60 fine for displaying truck nuts, but it did not pass the House.

In 2011, a 65-year-old South Carolina woman was ticketed by the town's police chief for obscenity displaying truck nuts on her pickup. The case, originating in Bonnet, S.C. (population approximately 480), was pending jury trial on her $445 traffic ticket.

^ Blair, Zachary, “Junk in the Trunk: A Queer Exploration of Truck Nut as Contemporary Material Culture,” paper presented at Queertopia, Northwestern University Graduate Student Conference, Chicago, IL, 2009. “Balls Out: The Weird Story of the Great Truck Nuts War”.

“HE 1452 Display of offensive objects or devices; prohibited on any vehicle”. Virginia General Assembly Legislative Information System.

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