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New York's New License Plates Stir Resentment Over Fees

New York's New License Plates Stir Resentment Over Fees

Obviously you have to replace license plates now and then. Among other reasons, the reflective material wears off. And besides, that way cops can tell if a car hasn't been re-registered in, ohhh, several years. Like many states, New York is grappling with major budget deficits. Now it has turned to... read more

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Smoking

WTF: Canadian Truckers Busted For Smoking Behind The Wheel

Like red light cameras, prohibitions on smoking in the workplace have become common in much of the Western world. But what happens when your workplace is your car -- or... read more October 15, 2009 by  2


 
Maria Shriver

Anti-Cell Phone Laws Are For First Ladies, Too, Ms. Shriver

If you've ever attended a Protestant school, you've probably had the misfortune of encountering "PKs" (aka "preacher's kids"). They may live pious lives at home, but once... read more October 14, 2009 by  0


 
Capitol Hill

Legalwatch: Legislation To Oversee Auto Dealers In The Works

With the recent restructuring of Chrysler and General Motors, there's been a lot of focus on auto dealers -- particularly those who were axed from the two companies'... read more October 13, 2009 by  1


 
Barack Obama

New Regs Seek 5% Annual Boost In Efficiency Through 2016

Yesterday, President Obama unveiled the new auto emissions and efficiency standards that we've been expecting since last week. Those regulations, which kick in during the... read more September 16, 2009 by  0


 
policeman reaching into car

London Cops Steal From Your Car, But It's For Your Own Good

Call us crazy, but if someone took a mobile phone, a briefcase, or a handheld GPS navigation system out of our car--even if it were unlocked--we'd call that theft. The police... read more August 26, 2009 by  8


 
Volvo's first safety engineer, Nils Bohlin, demonstrates the three-point safety harness in 1959

Celebrating Seat Belt Safety: 50 Years of Saving Lives

As you get into your car today and buckle your belt without a second thought, pause for a moment. Today is the 50th birthday of the three-point safety belt, an invention that... read more August 13, 2009 by  1


 
Come in, we're open!

Michigan Dealers Bandy Bumping Blue Laws

Blue laws are most commonly used to regulate alcohol sales, but in 13 states, they also ban the selling of automobiles on Sunday. Now, dealers in one of those states --... read more August 3, 2009 by  0


 
Sleazy Car Salesman

Cash-For-Clunkers Kicks Off; Dealers Grumble About Registration, Requirements

Today marks the official start of the federal government's cash-for-clunkers program (sometimes referred to as the "Car Allowance Rebate System" and sometimes as the... read more July 27, 2009 by  8


 
U.S. Capitol

BREAKING: Feds Release Sneak Peek At Cash-For-Clunkers Rules

In an effort to meet its deadline for releasing the rules of the federal "Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save" initiative (i.e. the official, clunky name of the... read more July 24, 2009 by  7


 
Capitol Hill

Natural Gas Sweeping Through Congress

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned that oil baron-turned-wind baron T. Boone Pickens was lobbying the Senate for new legislation to fund the development of natural... read more July 22, 2009 by  0


 
U.S. Capitol

House Approves Chrysler, GM Dealer-Reinstatement Legislation

From Washington comes potentially bad news for Chrysler Group and General Motors Company: yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would reinstate... read more July 17, 2009 by  2


 
U.S. Capitol

Consumer Groups Lobby For Liability Warnings on Chrysler Vehicles

The United States Federal Trade Commission has received a petition from consumer organizations worried about Chrysler vehicles manufactured prior to April 30, 2009, when the... read more July 16, 2009 by  0


 
T. Boone Pickens with President Barack Obama

T. Boone Pickens Pushes Natural Gas Boom

Oil baron-turned-clean tech tycoon T. Boone Pickens has been spending lots of time in D.C. these days, pushing for a variety of changes in U.S. energy policy. Yesterday he... read more July 9, 2009 by  3


 
U.S. Capitol

Disenfranchised Dealers Battle Chrysler, GM In D.C.

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering not one, but two bills that would provide legal remedies to the 2,100 dealers cut from the Chrysler and GM networks during... read more July 9, 2009 by  2


 
U.S. Capitol

On Capitol Hill: New Bill Aims To Boost DOE Fund For Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Development

Remember those loans we mentioned on Tuesday--the ones that the Department of Energy made to Ford, Nissan, and Tesla for the development of fuel-efficient vehicles? At the... read more June 26, 2009 by  1


 
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