Bill banning ‘Carolina Squat’ passes South Carolina Senate
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) - A popular vehicle modification seen in Horry County may soon be outlawed statewide.
The South Carolina Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a bill that would ban what’s known as the “Carolina Squat.” It’s typically defined as being when the front end of a truck or SUV is higher than the back end.
A similar bill was brought before state lawmakers in the last General Session, but it didn’t make it to Gov. Henry McMaster’s desk.
The Senate-passed bill would ban modifications “that result in the motor vehicle’s front fender being raised four or more inches above the height of the rear fender.”
FULL BILL | Senate Bill 363
It also passed with an amendment stating that only tickets would be issued as penalties for the first 180 days after the bill takes effect, a suggestion that was made by Myrtle Beach Police Chief Amy Prock last month.
If signed into law, it would also call for $100 fines for first-time offenders and $200 for the second time after the 180-day period.
The bill also calls for those with three or more offenses to face more fines and even potentially have their driver’s license suspended for a year.
It’s unclear when the South Carolina House of Representatives will take up the legislation. Similar bills were also pre-filed in the House prior to the current General Session.
It’s also already banned in North Carolina and Virginia.
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