South Carolina’s Ban On The “Carolina Squat” Officially Starts Today





Starting today, the ‘Carolina Squat’ (aka the ‘Tennessee Tilt’), where the front of a vehicle is raised higher than the back, is officially banned on all public roads in South Carolina. This new ban aligns with North Carolina’s similar law that went into effect in 2021.

SC lawmakers argued that the Carolina Squat decreases visibility, especially at night, by making standard headlights appear as high beams. The new law mandates front fenders to be no more than 4 inches higher than the rear, aiming to enhance road safety and avoid fines for non-compliance.

According to new South Carolina law:

“TO AMEND SECTION 56-5-4445 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE RESTRICTION OF ELEVATING OR LOWERING A MOTOR VEHICLE, TO PROHIBIT MOTOR VEHICLE MODIFICATIONS THAT RESULT IN THE MOTOR VEHICLE’S FRONT FENDER BEING RAISED FOUR OR MORE INCHES ABOVE THE HEIGHT OF THE REAR FENDER.”

Starting today, there would be an initial $100 fine for first offenders, $200 fine for second offenders, and $300 for third, along with a one-year driver’s license suspension.

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