Are Truck Nuts Illegal In Illinois

Maria Garcia
• Thursday, 14 January, 2021
• 9 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 kind of the trucker equivalent of a punk rocker wearing a spiked collar on his neck. The massive size and weight inequality between a car and a semi would be a much greater concern.

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. Regardless of why, I just can’t get enough of the phenomenon of people affixing plastic testicles to their motor vehicles.

Obviously, I think people should be free to do pretty much whatever they want when it comes to decorating their vehicles. Her story is making news, because she’s secured a jury trial to protest the ticket.

So, for those playing along at home, South Carolina will defend to the death your right to display the Confederate Flag, the symbol of a regime committed to slavery and racial oppression, but plastic testicles is a bridge too far. “She’s such a sweet lady, and she just says ‘I don’t want to pay the fine.’ We’ll let a jury decide whether this is really criminal behavior.

He says whether it’s good or bad, his pair of chrome truck ornaments is driving a heated debate…. “Genitalia is offensive,” says .

Or does he just sit in the bath, looking at his junk, thinking, “This is so disgusting and offensive, I wish I could cut these obscene, unholy genitals right off my body”? As for his daughter, I mean, if the worst thing your little girl is exposed to in this day and age is plastic or chrome nuts, then I think she’s pretty well sheltered.

A rather broader ban on bumper stickers containing “profane or lewd words describing sexual acts, excretory functions, or parts of the human body” was struck down in 1991 by the Georgia Supreme Court. And I would quibble with the suggestion that truck nuts contribute nothing of “scientific value.” Young girls all across South Carolina need to learn the difference between a man’s testicles versus a plastic or chrome decoration.

Illinois has strict regulations in place to control the amount of noise that vehicles are permitted to emit. In addition to the sound systems and muffler, Illinois also does not permit the squealing of tires unless by emergency vehicles.

Illinois regulations require that sound systems are not audible within 25 feet of property lines in residential areas. Mufflers are required and must be in good working condition and not emit sounds higher than 85 decibels when going over 35 miles per hour.

Suspension modifications can’t lift or lower the vehicle bumper height by more than three inches. Red and white rotating or flashing lights are not permitted on passenger vehicles.

Blue stationary and flashing lights are not permitted on passenger vehicles. The vehicle is considered a street rod if it resembles a model from 1948 or older.

The late American journalist Shana Alexander once said trying to squash a rumor is like trying to during a bell “. It does not matter if the rumor is heard in a locker room, the shop, a bar, a truck stop, or passed around on the internet…it is next to impossible to stifle something that is viral.

The controversy stems from a bill introduced by Representative Elaine Neurite in the 96th Illinois General Assembly. The goal of this article is not to make a statement on the merits of the legislation, but to try and put an end to the rumors.

After nearly two years in moth balls, HB3669 was taken off life support and officially pronounced dead (in Latin) when the 96th adjourned for the last time. There is no equivalent in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations either…so if you are one of the mistaken who believes the FM CSR can somehow be twisted & manipulated “by reference” to fit into a citation for 625 ILLS 5/12-101, think again (members see SOP-05).

According to Illinois state statute 625 ILLS 5/12-215, section A1, police vehicles are permitted to display red or white lights. These regulations apply to local, state and federal law enforcement vehicles.

Illinois state statute 625 ILLS 5/12-215, section A3, (http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/pubact92/acts/92-0782.html), permits that local, state and federal fire vehicles are permitted to display red or white oscillating, rotating, or flashing lights. These regulations apply to local, state and federal law enforcement vehicles.

Section C1 of the same statute allows some personal vehicles belonging to firefighters to display red and white emergency lights. A member of the board of trustees of a fire district is also permitted to display the lights on their personal vehicle.

The rules for volunteer firefighters in the state of Illinois are slightly different from for government owned vehicles. State statute 625 ILLS 5/12-215, section C1, (http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/pubact92/acts/92-0782.html), personal vehicles belonging to volunteer firefighters can display blue lights that oscillate, rotate or flash.

Section E mandates that all lights displayed and activated on volunteer fire vehicles are required to be visible up to 500 feet away. Section C-1 of the same statute provides for further emergency lighting on volunteer fire vehicles.

Section C-1 of this statute permits paid or unpaid ambulance and rescue squad drivers to add blue lights to their personal vehicles. According to Illinois state statute 625 ILLS 5/12-215, section B1, (http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/pubact92/acts/92-0782.html) tow trucks are permitted to display flashing amber lights with several stipulations.

These oscillating, rotating and flashing lights must be used when actively responding to a disabled vehicle and loading it. If the bed of the truck is designed to hold all the wheels of the disabled vehicle, that lights should not be activated while towing.

If some wheels remain off of the bed of the tow truck, then the amber emergency light should be engaged to warm other drivers of the potential traffic hazard. As further outlined in statute 625 ILLS 5/15-301, section G amber lights can be on all pilot vehicles escorting loads over 12 feet wide.

Vehicles that are utilized by an alarm responder, security company, or control agency can display amber emergency lights per 625 ILLS 5/12-215, section B13. Only vehicles that are bound by a federal, state or local government contract are permitted to use the emergency lights.

Section B14 allows for Department of Human Services security vehicles to display amber lights as well. The regulations vary depending on the role of the vehicle and whether it is owned privately or by the government.

For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 217-786-7107 We cannot be held liable or responsible for any errors and recommend that our customers refer to their local authorities to confirm the particular statue that governs their use of emergency vehicle lights.

So much other stuff going on in the country and this guy worrying about some truck nuts. The nutty idea is the brainchild of Delegate Lionel Spill.

We're talking about the fake testicles people hang on the backs of their vehicles. Spill's bill would ban anything on a car or truck that looked like human genitalia.

Spill says these types of dangling do-dads are tacky, vulgar, and downright embarrassing. Spill says the idea for the bill came to him after the daughter of one of the people in his district saw a pair of the testicles hanging from the back of a truck in traffic.

www.facebook.com/RitcheyRch “I didn't pay them for sex, I paid them to leave” Charlie Sheen Life is all about ass, you're either covering it, hauling it, laughing it off, kicking it, kissing it, busting it, trying to get a piece of it, or behaving like one.

Little' Hellman Originally Posted by shrive”T” Agree, they are stupid but to come up with a law is even more ridiculous in my opinion.

www.facebook.com/RitcheyRch “I didn't pay them for sex, I paid them to leave” Charlie Sheen Life is all about ass, you're either covering it, hauling it, laughing it off, kicking it, kissing it, busting it, trying to get a piece of it, or behaving like one.

Yes those things are stupid, and you should be slapped for putting them on however spending the time and money on a bill to ban them. If there is a problem in a certain area then a local city can write an ordinance but at the state or federal level is too costly and would cover the whole state or nation when it might only be a problem in one small little town.

Hell I haven't seen one of those stupid things in a couple of years now. I'm more worried about illegal immigration, terrorism and our economy than this stupid crap.

Faster, Stronger, Bionic Come on people, you know deep down, that Truck nut are the biggest issue facing the country right now. You would think they would be more concerned over illegal immigration and high gas prices.

Life is all about ass, you're either covering it, hauling it, laughing it off, kicking it, kissing it, busting it, trying to get a piece of it, or behaving like one.

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