Post # 1
I got stuck behind a truck for several miles today. The truck was periodically putting out such exhaust that I could barely see at times almost causing an accident and the smell was making me gag. (I do not have asthma and it takes a LOT to make me gag.) This is a safety hazard and bad for the environment. Can I report this? To whom? How would you handle this?
Post # 3
Was it a tractor trailer type of truck? If so, they usually have “How’s my driving?” bumper stickers with a number you can call with complaints. If you don’t recall seeing a sticker, do you remember anything about the truck? What company was it? Etc.. If you have that information, you can probably find the company online and find out where to file a complaint.
Obviously trucks release certain exhaust/emissions, but this seems excessive. Certain states (i.e. Cali) have smog tests for this reason.
Good thing you got to your destination ok!
Post # 4
@guitargirl: Maybe I’m lazy/shy, but unless it’s a direct threat (i.e. erratic driving) I wouldn’t report it. Anyway, if the exhaust was that visible, I think the police will notice it soon enough.
Post # 5
To clarify- this was not a commercial truck but a truck similar to a Ford F150. I have the license plate.
Post # 6
@guitargirl: I would personally let it go. If this would have happened to me and it has in fact happened to me. I would just let off of the gas….and hang back or pass him.I travel in heavy traffic to and from work each day and there is ALWAYs a way to get away from someone like that.
I think if it is that noticible that the police would catch him and issue him a warning.
There are a lot of bigger fish to fry lke people texting or talking on their cell phones and not being attentive drivers.
Post # 7
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Turn the outside circulation off next time to help with the odor.
Post # 8
I’d let it go, eventually, they’ll get caught anyway. I would have just switched the air in the car and backed off so I could see.
Post # 9
I would also let it go. As PP said, if it’s that bad, he will eventually be stopped. The only time I’ve ever reported a driver was when I knew the person was drunk and had gotten behind the wheel.
Post # 11
There are a couple of places you could report it if you have the plate number, but you’ll probably be ignored. (I work at a consulting firm in the international automotive industry). your state’s DOT, NHTSA, IIHS and the EPA are the ones I could think of off the top of my head.
Post # 12
Was it a commercial vehicle? We have a commercial vehicle inspection as part of the ministry of transport here, and they might have something similar. But vehicles also have to pass an environmental test on a regular basis here.
This probably isn’t something I’d call the police about, but if they did come across it they could also mandate a mechanical inspection, but they’re probably not going to put out a BOLF or something for a truck with excessive exhaust.