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How Congress is Designing Your Next Car
How Congress is Designing Your Next Car

The auto industry won a major victory in Congress this week, when the landmark financial bill passed by both houses on Congress excluded auto dealers from regulation -- so Congress can't stop them from taking a kickback for funneling you toward a particular lender, or marking up a loan to a higher...Read More»

2010 Dodge Caliber 4-door HB Mainstreet Instrument Cluster
Right To Repair: The Massachusetts Version

AllCarAdvice covered the federal Right to Repair act back in May and at the time it looked like the federal law called the Motor Vehicles Owners Right to Repair Act was on its way to some sort of resolution. There were both senate and house versions circulating both of which had bi-partisan...Read More»

Red light camera in Beaverton, Oregon, from Wikipedia
AZ Switches Off Speed Cameras For Privacy, Revenue Reasons

Last fall, we wrote about citizen initiatives to ban the use of traffic enforcement cameras in three small towns in Ohio and Texas. Now, the backlash has intensified, with the state of Arizona switching off its 76 cameras altogether last Friday, when its contract expired with the private operator...Read More»

Auto loan
GM Looking To Offer More Loans To More Customers

When General Motors sold off control of GMAC, it lost more than its in-house financing arm. It lost the ability to offer loans to a broad range of consumers, particularly subprime borrowers. As a result, GM also lost market share. Now, the automaker is chatting up two major Wall Street players --...Read More»

Dealer
Dealers Sidestep New Consumer Protection Bill

American auto dealers were dealt a winning hand yesterday as the U.S. House of Representatives agreed to exclude auto loans from an upcoming consumer protection bill. A competing bill from the Senate has similar language, and the two are now being reconciled in conference committee. The consumer...Read More»

2009 Land Rover LR2 HSE
The Royal Speed-Cam Detector: Prince Philip's Land Rover Busted!

His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh is known for saying impolitic things in public once in a while. Now it turns out that his occasional lack of political correctness may extend to avoiding the U.K.'s prevalent speed-detecting cameras. He was recently spotted by Britain's Daily Mail newspaper...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
Congress Considers Adding 20,000 Electric Vehicles To USPS Fleet

With around 260,000 vehicles at its disposal, the United States Postal Service operates the biggest civilian fleet in the country. Unfortunately, most of those vehicles get terrible gas mileage: the Grumman postal van only earns around 10mpg, and the 17% of USPS trucks that run on E85 don't fare...Read More»

Texting behind the wheel
Texting Ban For Commercial Drivers A Bellwether For Full Ban?

Truck or bus drivers who text while driving a commercial vehicle could be fined up to $2,750 as part of civil or criminal penalties. That's what U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today, explicitly prohibiting texting for commercial vehicle drivers. But it's not a new rule. "This is...Read More»

2005 Porsche Cayenne S
2005 Cayenne Turbo - Nice Car

Bought my Cayenne a few years ago. here are the pros - very nice interior finish and handling. Cons - way expensive. You know at first I didn't like this car as the trasmission has some serious flaws in how the gears are mapped (tries to go to 6th gear to quickly). However, having had the car for...Read More»

Capitol Hill
Good News/Bad News/Good News For Disenfranchised Dealers

High Gear Media has partnered with Tesla Motors on a new writing contest where YOU can win a tour and road test of the 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport. You can submit as many articles as you like and enter multiple times. Enter now! Last week, we told you about General Motors' "Comprehensive Plan to...Read More»

Red light camera in Beaverton, Oregon, from Wikipedia
Shocking Revelation: Red-Light Cameras Only About the Money!

Color us aghast. Can you imagine, a red-light camera program that's not about safety? Why, it turns out that all along we've been deceived. It's about ... yes ... the money. Gosh, imagine that. While angry motorists have turned to everything from the ballot box to detectors with camera databases...Read More»

New license plate design to be issued by New York State in 2010
New York State Backs Down, New License Plates May Be Free

Last week we wrote about New York State's plan to issue new license plates, ostensibly to replace old ones whose reflective material may have worn off. The new and clearly retro design was meant to evoke the bright yellow plates used from 1973 to 1986. But in reality, the sole purpose of the $25...Read More»

New license plate design to be issued by New York State in 2010
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»

Red light camera in Beaverton, Oregon, from Wikipedia
Spitting Mad at Speed Cameras? Vote 'Em Out At The Ballot Box!

By now, every driver knows about traffic enforcement cameras. Found in more than 20 states, they photograph drivers committing traffic offenses, whether it's speeding or running a red light. The tickets simply arrive in the mail. Found in more than 20 states, they're attractive to municipalities...Read More»

policeman reaching into car
SFPD To Go Lightly On Drivers Without Licenses, Ruckus Ensues

Many police departments around the U.S. impound the cars of drivers caught behind the wheel without a license. But starting Sunday, San Francisco plans to abolish that policy, calling it unfair to illegal immigrants. Mayor Gavin Newsom, police chief George Gasc√≥n, and supervisor David Campos...Read More»

Aptera 2e
Congress Speaks: Aptera 2e Now A Car, Not A Motorcycle

Since June of this year, the Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicle program has awarded low-interest loans to encourage the development of next-gen cars. Ford, Nissan, Tesla, and Fisker got in on the action, but one outside-the-box company has been left on the sidelines: Aptera. The...Read More»

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 perhaps, your big rig? It's not such a hypothetical question in Ontario, where ten truckers have been hit with a $305 (Canadian)...Read More»

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 free of that environment, PKs typically become the rowdiest, rudest, law- breakingest kids on the block. Maria Shriver isn't...Read More»

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' networks. Considerable time and energy on Capitol Hill has been dedicated to protecting dealers during the bankruptcy process, but...Read More»

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