COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – Multiple bills that aim to ban a controversial truck modification will once again be considered during the upcoming legislative session.
The so-called ‘Carolina Squat’ involves raising the front end of a vehicle — most commonly a pickup truck — while the rear is lowered or kept the same height.
Critics have argued the modifications are dangerous because they inhibit a driver’s ability to see smaller cars or pedestrians in front of them.
Reps. Kevin Hardee (R-Horry), Mike Burns (R-Greenville), Chris Wooten (R-Lexington) and Tommy Pope (R-York) have pre-filed bills in the South Carolina House that would ban this trend and provide penalties for offenders.
The bills would prohibit modifications that raise the front fender of a vehicle four or more inches above the height of the rear fender.
Violators would be guilty of a misdemeanor and face fines between $100 and $300. Repeat offenders may also have their licenses suspended by the Department of Motor Vehicles for a period of twelve months.
A similar piece of legislation overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate last session, but eleventh-hour roadblocks prevented it from making it to Gov. McMaster’s desk in time.
North Carolina and Virginia passed similar squatted truck bans in 2021 and 2022 respectively.