Are Truck Nuts Illegal In Virginia

Christina Perez
• Sunday, 24 January, 2021
• 9 min read

We've also heard the argument that they create long, awkward moments between parents and children when little Susie asks, “What's that, Father?” Soon they'll be causing long, awkward moments among Virginia's lawmakers when Spill submits a bill to ban Trucks in Virginia.

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We're of the mind that Trucks cause as much of a distraction to motorists as their own cell phones and steaming cups of Venue coffee do. To target this novelty item because it may offend would open the door to banning all sorts of auto accessories, particularly any bumper sticker that rubs somebody the wrong way.

And as for what to say to your kids who they notice the Dodge Ram up ahead going commando, just make something up like that's where you refill the truck's blinker fluid when it gets low. 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.

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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.

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“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”.

Any tire is marked specifically for use other than on the highway, such as “For Farm Use Only,” “For Off-Highway Use Only,” any tire marked “Not for Steering Axle,” “For Mobile Home Use Only,” or “For Trailer Use Only.” Bias ply or bias belted tires are used on the rear axle when radial ply tires are used on the front axle.

On a two-axle vehicle equipped with truck tires with 20-inch rim diameter and larger. Any tire on the front wheel of a bus, truck or any tractor truck has a tread groove pattern of less than 4/32 inch when measured at any point on a major tread groove.

Any bus has regrooved, recapped, or retreaded tires on the front wheels. Any motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer, except the dual wheels installed on motor vehicles having seats for more than seven passengers: (i) operated wholly within a municipality, or (ii) operated by urban and suburban bus lines, which are defined as bus lines operating over regularly scheduled routes and the majority of whose passengers use the buses for traveling a distance of not exceeding 40 miles, measured one way, on the same day between their place of abode and their place of work, shopping areas, or schools, is equipped with a tire that has a tread depth measuring less than 2/32 of an inch when measured as follows: NOTE: The exemptions provided in clauses (i) and (ii) of this subdivision do not apply to buses owned or operated by any public school district, private school, or contract operator of buses.

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Any tire has a cut to the extent a ply or belt material is exposed or puncture, not to include a plug or patch that may be used as a manner of repair. NOTE: Plugs or patches shall be in the tread area only.

Plugs or patches are not permitted in the sidewall of the tire. Any tire is worn so that the fabric or steel cord is visible.

Any tire that has been recur or regrooved except commercial tires so designed and constructed to provide for acceptable and safe rebutting and regrooving. Any tire is flat or has an audible air leak.

Any tire so mounted or inflated that it comes into contact with its mate or any parts of the vehicle. Rims, or lock rings or wheels are bent, cracked or damaged to affect safe operation of the vehicle.

Reject if lug nut holes are elongated (out of round). Any wheel studs, bolts, nuts, lugs, or other fasteners (both spoke and disc wheels) are loose, broken, cracked, stripped, missing, or damaged or otherwise ineffective.

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Any welded repair on aluminum wheels on a steering axle or any welded repair (other than disc to rim attachment) on steel drive wheels mounted on the steering axle. Website addresses provided in the Virginia Administrative Code to documents incorporated by reference are for the reader's convenience only, may not necessarily be active or current, and should not be relied upon.

To ensure the information incorporated by reference is accurate, the reader is encouraged to use the source document described in the regulation. We are unable to answer legal questions or respond to requests for legal advice, including application of law to specific fact.

To understand and protect your legal rights, you should consult an attorney. 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. Apparently, a South Carolina woman was given a $445 ticket for her truck’s nuts.

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.

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“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. I don’t want to take away from the importance of free speech, but it’s really comical,” attorney Scott Bishop of the Savage firm tells the newspaper, explaining that he plans to pursue a First Amendment defense.

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.

Lionel Spill introduced a bill Tuesday to ban displaying replicas of human genitalia on vehicles, calling it a safety issue because it could distract other drivers. Under his measure, displaying the ornamentation on a motor vehicle would be a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $250.

I was hoping someone would come out with an accessory device with an attachment that looks like a boot or a boxing glove and allows the driver to maneuver it to knock out the nuts from the car in front... I couldn't believe I was seeing what I thought I was seeing, so I followed the truck to make sure, then I called my husband who confirmed that there really are yahoos out there who take the initiative to go into a store and pay money to buy balls to attach to their cars.

I really think these evangelical good of boys who run the state house are really smoking' something other than Marlboro's! But I do agree the fact VA has to spend money on regulating this is frustrating.

The whole thing reminds me of the Seinfeld where Kramer sues Elaine's friend for walking down the street in a bra. Too bad it takes a law to tell these people not to hang anatomically correct things on their cars and trucks.

With all the serious issues affecting our state, people are actually okay with our General Assembly spending time on this? Additional giveaways are planned. Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

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