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Citizen complaint of the day: Why is this thing even on the road?

Noxious truck in Newmarket Square

A gagging citizen complains about this truck doing a little coal rolling on Mass. Ave. in Newmarket Square today:

Large truck traveling on mass ave near Proctor st spewing thick clouds of black smoke followed by white smoke.

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I mean, it's a private vehicle that is in motion. How can any city agency follow up on this?

I might be out of line on this, but I don't see how this is anything other than griping to a level of government that cannot do anything about this.

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The city does have public-health ordinances and regulations and I suspect the BPD truck unit could pull this truck over and make the driver shut it down until it's towed away to a repair shop.

The real problem is that 311 is not really the way to get police to respond to something.

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By the time the report was submitted, the truck was most likely not in the area.

But yeah, the truck shouldn't be on the road like that.

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Oh boy, don't bring up the BPD Truck Team please! Your readers already flip out at the two officers assigned to the Licensed Premise Unit, which waste "valuable police resources" when they do their jobs.

I can't imagine the tantrum they'll throw when they find out there's a unit tasked with policing just trucks.

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A restaurant staying open past its licensed closing time is an inconvenience. So, yes, when you have limited staffing and resources, the former should be enforced, while the latter shouldn't.

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You mean, some of the bars and licensed premises where there's been.. gunfire?

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Citizens connect is a bit of a clearing house for such things. Private vehicle has nothing to do with it - there are rules and laws regarding vehicle emissions and they can be enforced.

That said, I wouldn't call this "rolling coal" - white smoke like that is often a sign that the head gasket has failed and coolant is pouring into the ignition cylinders. This truck won't get far if that is the case.

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You are correct on this one. Looks far more toxic than it is.

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Don't forget the black smoke.

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They've elected a new pope!

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From this diesel maintenance site:

White smoke occurs when raw diesel comes through the exhaust completely intact and unburned. Some causes of this include

Faulty or damaged injectors
Incorrect injection timing (could be a worn timing gear or damaged crankshaft keyway).
Low cylinder compression (eg caused by leaking or broken valves, piston ring sticking, cylinder and/or ring wear, or cylinder glaze)

Then it goes on to say water can also cause white smoke.

Black smoke is the most common smoke emitted from diesel engines. It indicates poor and incomplete combustion of the diesel fuel. There are many causes, including
[A whole bunch of conditions]

Whatever, that engine has serious problems. It won't be hard to track it down, given the fleet number on the bumper.

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The VW retrofit program has officially launched.

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So they are going to remove the particulate filters to end the NO2 problem that happens during regeneration?

Interesting solution. Would make it more like the particle spewing GDI engines found on many models of car.

FYI - many trucks currently on the road don't have the particle filters to begin with.

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nanana nothing to worry about. VW made the diesel engine software.

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What's the deal with street sweepers? I see them operating at times during the day when there is heavy foot traffic around (esp near construction sites). It can't possibly be good to breath that stuff in can it?

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Sweepers have water sprayers along with the spinning brooms and vacuum. They'll keep the paved and/or the entrance to the job site clean, or at least wet, in an effort to keep the dust from getting kicked up by traffic.

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Rollin' coal, baby! How's that Prius!?! But in all seriousness (not in red-necked idiocy), I see tons of big rig trucks/construction vehicles spewing as much if not more than this on a daily basis on 93. What's irksome is that while driving in the breakdown lane does annoy me, and is almost a certain way to meet a Statie for some friendly ticketing, it seems as though having a rolling smog alert isn't particularly worrisome to law enforcement. I've never seen anybody pulled over for it, in any case.

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It's clearly Aggregate Industries truck number 1725. Can someone in any city authority tell them not to drive that truck until it's fixed since it clearly is malfunctioning.

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I am sure the driver is on this , post trip if he avoids the hook.

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I'd say he's trying to limp this thing back to the garage that's 1/4 of a mile away. Hope he made it.

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It just drove by 1010 Mass Ave - maybe Inspectional Services can get on it?

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No morons with "rolling coal" mods on their pickup trucks.

Semitrailers aren't going to ruin their engines with those modifications anyway. This truck is just old and in need of repair.

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I had one of those morons attempt to asphyxiate me up in NH. Sadly for him, the vents on my car close with a button push, so I didn't inhale any of his petroleum flatulence.

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