Personally I think they are tacky, classless and in poor taste. But when you get ticketed or arrested for having them when they are not illegal, I will defend you and your tacky, classless truck nuts.
You see my personal preferences, opinions and judgments, are NOT the law. Here's the thread that Mud started when he was ticketed for having a swinging' set of nut on his truck.
It runs 5 pages, but the bottom line is we all agree that the First Amendment protects this kind of expression, and it's not obscene. Personally I think they are tacky, classless and in poor taste.
But when you get ticketed or arrested for having them when they are not illegal, I will defend you and your tacky, classless truck nuts. You see my personal preferences, opinions and judgments, are NOT the law.
I fully support one's right to be a classless idiot with a small sack. It has been ruled unconstitutional as it is protected free speech.
I fully support one's right to be a classless idiot with a small sack. 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. However sometime in the mid to late 2000s, their popularity surged, and truck nuts became well known throughout society even featuring on national television shows.
John D. Sellers, owner of BullsBalls.com, says he was out driving his 4×4 off-road when someone yelled: “Go Ernie, show'em you got balls! 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. According to the Above the Law legal analysis blog, the ban was discussed in the ABA Journal and presented constitutional freedom of speech questions.
The stated position of the Honolulu Police Department in 2013 from their city corporation counsel's office concerning obscene bumper stickers is, “It may be tasteless, but it's protected as free speech.” ^ 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. ^ “Hanging of Truck Nuts Grows into a Free Speech Debate”.
Nearly a hundred of these lives could be saved without spending another dime of your taxes if people in pickup trucks simply buckled-up at the same rate as folks in other passenger vehicles. Georgia’s new pickup truck law will effectively increase safety belt usage and help save lives here too.
This is primarily due to the fact that pickup truck occupants fail to use their seatbelts at a rate nearly 15-percent less than drivers in other passenger vehicles. But when worn correctly, seatbelts are PROVEN to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat light truck occupants by 60-percent and as much as 80-percent in the event of a rollover crash.
While we know these monetary costs alone are staggering, the biggest beneficiaries of seatbelt use are the families and loved ones of pickup truck occupants who will not be killed or severely injured in a crash. Title 26, Chapter 2) empowers the Commissioner to promulgate regulations for the efficient enforcement of the article.
The Georgia Department of Agriculture's rules and regulations Chapter 40, Section 7 specifically deals with the manufacture and sale of food. A: OVER means Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.
OVER is the rating applied by a vehicle manufacturer, and represents the maximum total weight of vehicle, cargo, people, fuel, and other fluids together. Or more makes a vehicle subject to the regulations, others say 26,001 lbs.
Or more used as part of a business (including a non-profit organization) are considered commercial motor vehicles for purposes of most of the safety regulations. Combinations of vehicles (such as a truck pulling a trailer or other equipment).
And above OVER, additional requirements also apply (Commercial Driver's License and Drug and Alcohol Testing). Vehicles that carry hazardous materials for a business purpose are considered commercial regardless of OVER.
OVER level have been in the Federal Regulations for decades. The State of Georgia first adopted the Federal Regulations in 1972 for for-hire carriers, and they have applied to both private and for-hire companies since 1984.
For a company that has vehicles operating every day, the driver may not exceed a total of 70 hours on duty time in the current 8-day period. For a company that does not operate every day, the limit is 60 hours on duty in the current 7-day period.
No post-trip inspection (must be in writing and is not required to be carried on board the vehicle) Trailers not equipped with required brakes, lights, and reflectors.
The driver may not have any alcoholic beverage (including so called “non-alcoholic” beer) anywhere on the vehicle or combination. There are exceptions if the beverages are part of the legitimate manifested cargo, and for bus and limousine passengers.
The driver may not operate the vehicle with any measurable amount of alcohol in their system. The driver may not consume alcohol within 4 hours of reporting to work.
A driver who violates these regulations will be shut down for 24 hours. Q:My truck has air brakes, but a OVER of under 26,001 lbs.
A: No, unless the vehicle is used to transport hazardous materials that require placards. Air brakes alone do not invoke the CDL requirement.
However, the National Transportation Safety Board http://www.ntsb.gov/pressrel/2006/060207a.htm) advises that you should train the driver in the differences between hydraulic and air brakes. A: Drivers who are required to hold a Commercial Driver's License are also subject to the Alcohol and Controlled Substance (drug) Testing Requirements of 49 CFR Part 382.
NOTE: These Questions and Answers are general restatements of the Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and Georgia Law. Always consult applicable regulations and law specific to your situation.