Are Truck Nuts Illegal In Florida

Danielle Fletcher
• Thursday, 12 November, 2020
• 7 min read

The Florida Senate on Thursday passed an amendment to impose a $60 fine on Truck Nut, one brand name for the novelty item on vehicle trailer hitches that resemble the dangling southern end of a northbound bull. The proposal would make displaying bull genitalia reproductions on a vehicle subject to a $60 fine, moving violations and points against a driver license.

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Sen. Jim King, R-Jacksonville, said he had a set on one of his vehicles, which he described as “all pimped out.” They are no more than “an expression of trickiness,” he said, although he’d acceded to his wife’s request to take them off. “There’s got to be better things for us to spend time debating.” Geller suggested this ban might be followed by prohibiting silhouettes of nude women on truck mud flaps.“We’re basically going to have the bumper police,” King said.

Everyone is talking about how this is a waste of time, and in a sense it is. People here acting like their driver's license will be suspended if they have truck nut.

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.

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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”. ^ “Hanging of Truck Nuts Grows into a Free Speech Debate”.

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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. Maybe you should spend some time on a farm looking at the real thing then you wouldn't be so fascinated by fake ones.

While the Florida sales tax of 6% applies to most transactions, there are certain items that may be exempt from taxation. Certain groceries, any prosthetic or orthopedic instruments, any remedies which are considered to be common household remedies, any seeds and fertilizers, and any cosmetics are considered to be exempt in the state of Florida.

I’m curious if the courts ruled in favor of removing the ban in just a few instances, quite a few or almost all the time? I am aware of a couple of lower court decisions where the judges ruled that bans against pickup trucks were unenforceable.

One problem with lower court decisions is that they have no presidential value, other than to bind the actual parties to that lawsuit. Judges are people, and so they sometimes rule in ways that conform to their sense of fairness more than relevant legal precedent.

People who think that litigation is a fair and just solution to all problems have simply never been involved in very many lawsuits. So, I see the lower court rulings against truck bans as outliers, and until an association cares enough about the issue to file an appeal (appellate decisions are published and serve as precedent for future cases), we won’t know how any individual lawsuit will pan out.

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With that said, and while truck bans are very common in communities that I represent, I find they are often implemented without a lot of consideration of their purpose. Rules and covenants should be drafted to specifically resolve actual and identifiable problems.

A simple pickup truck ban, as popular as they are, would seem to serve no specific purpose. This column is dedicated to the memory of Gary Playoff, pioneer of the community association legal industry, tireless advocate, and author of treatises, books and hundreds of articles.

This is installed on the top portion of the windshield and acts as a glare reducer, shielding drivers from harsh glare and making driving in the sun more comfortable. Florida's law states that the visor strip can be installed “so long as such material is transparent and does not encroach upon the driver's direct forward viewing area as more particularly described and defined in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards Nos.

The AS-1 line can be found on most vehicles near the upper corner, or less commonly in the middle near the rearview mirror. Although the new ceramic films are practically clear, according to Florida state law the only window tint above the AS-1 line is allowed.

A person shall not operate any motor vehicle on any public highway, road, or street with any sign, sunscreening material, product, or covering attached to, or located in or upon, the windshieldso long as such material is transparent and does not encroach upon the driver's direct forward viewing area as more particularly described and defined in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards Nos. However, light ceramic films are inconspicuous, don't impede on a drivers view day or night, and block harmful UV and solar radiation.

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Although these ceramic views are, according to Florida state law, illegal, it is hard to see how these light films effect drivers negatively. You can also be sued and denied insurance coverage should you be involved in a traffic accident.

Maneuvering a large commercial or industrial truck in a densely populated area is difficult because of its immense size. When a driver can't turn safely, the truck can tip over, swing into oncoming traffic, or crush another vehicle.

Truck drivers receive significant training and must take continued education in order to stay current with their licenses. However, even when they check their blind spots, truck drivers may not catch sight of a vehicle or pedestrian.

Some of the serious injuries that arise for people in a passenger car, motorcyclists, or pedestrians in a truck's wide turn accident include broken bones, brain trauma, internal bleeding, spinal cord injuries and paralysis, severe lacerations, and amputation of limbs. Negligence is the failure to use the due care that a reasonable individual would use under similar circumstances.

These theories do not require an accident victim to show that a trucking company committed any negligent act that led to the harm.

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