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Study shows 60 percent of recreational marijuana users drive under the influence
Study shows 60 percent of recreational marijuana users drive under the influence

Over half of legal recreational marijuana users who responded to a survey said that they have driven under the influence of the drug. The survey was conducted by insurance comparison website in March The Zebra and its findings released last week may underscore the lack of regulations and guidelines...Read More»

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California sues EPA over Trump's emissions rollback

The battle between California and the federal government escalated last week. The state filed a lawsuit against the NHTSA and the EPA over the Trump administration's proposal to freeze fuel efficiency and emissions regulations at 2020 levels. The proposal would also end California's ability to set...Read More»

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GM electric car federal tax credit cut in half Monday, Chevy Bolt EV price won't change

On April 1, General Motors' federal electric car tax credit will be cut in half from up to $7,500 to $3,750. It leaves the Chevy Bolt EV without full federal incentives against rival electric cars. The automaker said Thursday that it will not reduce the electric car's price due to the tax credit...Read More»

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Trump's proposed 2020 budget would end electric-car tax credits

The federal electric-car tax credits survived the most recent tax overhaul legislation in 2018, but they're back in the crosshairs. U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year includes the end of the tax credits for consumers who purchase a qualifying electric vehicle...Read More»

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Utah lawmakers consider "cash for clunkers" bill that could offer up to $5,500 for jalopies

Utah could offer owners of older, higher-mile cars as much as $5,500 to trade in for new cars. The program proposed under State House Bill 295 that advanced with an 8-4 vote Wednesday is known as the the Vehicle Emissions Reduction Program. It isn't unlike the $3 billion federal "cash for clunkers"...Read More»

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States moving to penalize distracted drivers more, even though the cost is already too great

Casey Feldman planned the summer between her junior and senior years at Fordham University on the New Jersey shore, working the last “non-aggravation” job she wanted as a young adult. The aspiring reporter racked up internships at newspapers, bylines at local papers and Philadelphia...Read More»

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California senator aims to remove speed limits to build America's autobahn

California could do away with speed limits in certain situations if a new bill introduced by an Orange County-area senator moves forward. State Sen. John M. W. Moorlach proposed Senate Bill 319 that would not only add two lanes to Interstate 5 and State Route 99, which connect the Los Angeles area...Read More»

Texting while driving
Virginia votes to ban handheld cellphone use while driving

Come Jan. 1, 2020, it will be illegal to use a cellphone while while at the wheel of a car in Virginia. Both houses in the General Assembly voted to pass new legislation to ban cellphone use while driving to curb distracted driving in the state. The Washington Post reported last week that drivers...Read More»

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New Jersey, Washington protect consumers with best new car lemon laws

The Center For Auto Safety found that New Jersey and Washington state do a better job protecting consumers with defective cars than other states. New Jersey ranked first and Washington came in a close second place in the findings published last week. The study looked at numerous pieces of every...Read More»

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Government shutdown prompts NHTSA to pause car defect investigations

As the U.S. government shutdown continues to drag on, the NHTSA said Tuesday that it will not investigate car defects until federal funding is restored. The Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday the agency does not invoke a backup plan without annual appropriations from a government budget. Employees...Read More»

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China to temporarily cut on tariffs for US-made cars

China confirmed it will cut tariffs on American-built cars as part of a ceasefire temporary agreement in the ongoing trade war between the two countries. The country's Ministry of Finance said Friday that the temporary reductions will take effect on Jan. 1, 2019. China will slice the tariff from...Read More»

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Trump: China will cut tariffs on cars exported from US

President Donald Trump announced via Twitter Monday that China has agreed to cut tariffs it imposes on American-made vehicles exported into the Asian country. The tariff reduction appears part of an agreement to halt any new taxes in the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, Reuters reported. "China has...Read More»

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Volvo asks US government for tariff exemption for China-built XC60 crossover SUV

Volvo is the latest automaker to ask the U.S. government for an exemption from steep tariffs on Chinese-made SUVs, Reuters reported Friday. Buick asked trade officials in July for an exemption from a 25-percent tariff on its China-made Envision SUV earlier this year, although Volvo's interest in...Read More»

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US, Mexico reportedly strike deal on new NAFTA agreement

Representatives from the U.S. and Mexico tentatively struck a deal Monday to revise key portions of the North American Free Trade Agreement, possibly bringing to an end monthslong barbs between the two countries about fair trade and escalating tariff threats. The New York Times and The Washington...Read More»

Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]
Poll: Fewer than a third of new-car shoppers agree with Trump's emissions rollback

Fewer than one-third of new-car shoppers agree with the Trump administration's plan to freeze fuel-economy targets for the next five years, according to a survey released Tuesday by Autolist. Just 29 percent of more than 1,000 respondents said that they agreed with the president's plan to freeze...Read More»

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Ohio senator wants to give car shoppers $3,500 to buy American-made cars

A bill proposed this week in the U.S. Senate aims to give car buyers $3,500 to buy American-made cars, including models from Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, and others, the latest thrust in escalating threats between lawmakers and the auto industry. Democratic Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown...Read More»

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Trump escalates trade war talks, threatens 20 percent tariffs on imported cars

President Donald Trump didn't back down Friday on the rising war of words with the European Union when he announced that he would consider a 20 percent tariff on cars imported from Europe. Based on the Tariffs and Trade Barriers long placed on the U.S. and it great companies and workers by the...Read More»

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President Trump's infrastructure plan includes more tolls, more state control for roads

Taking the family on a long road trip could cost drivers more if a proposal unveiled Monday is adopted by Congress. The Trump administration released its long-awaited infrastructure plan, which seeks to address the nation's crumbling roadways and other aged infrastructure. The 55-page proposal is...Read More»

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Here's how a 25 cent gas tax increase could affect you

Last week, the United States Chamber of Commerce proposed a 25 cent increase in the so-called gas tax. The rise would represent a 135 percent increase over the current 18.4 cent tax, which was set in 1993. Since then, most states have raised their own fuel tax rates, and myriad business leaders and...Read More»

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