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The Fact Checker column in the Washington Post takes issue with a key report attacking dealer franchise laws. The paper, written at the Department of Justice in 2009, attempts to justify allowing manufacturers to sell directly to consumers, but because of some bad research, tried to make its case by citing a failed GM direct-sales program that had shut down years earlier.

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Wyoming Taxes Alternative Fuels; ElringKlinger May Cancel EV Contract

Wyoming extends fuel taxes to ethanol, biodiesel and natural gas. ChargePoint now offers a smart home charger. Two books look at the future of EVs. ElringKlinger may back out of EV supply contract.

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Police Concerns Over Popular App Complicate Motorists' Rights To Free Speech

Standing on a sidewalk, Doug Odolecki holds a hand-written cardboard sign in his hands that warns motorists of a DUI checkpoint that law-enforcement officers have set up about a half mile up State Road. It reads: "Checkpoint ahead! Turn now!

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Goodyear is paying a fine of over $16 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission without admitting or denying wrongdoing for bribery in Kenya and Angola. Subsidiaries there allegedly paid for tire business and hid the money as legitimate expenses.

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Plus: Notes On Cadillac's Oscar Guest Star, Honda's CEO Change And Audi's Geneva Power Play

We curate the week's events with a focus on car crashes involving pedestrians. Plus other news and notes from the automotive world.

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America's crumbling roads and freeways aren't just bad for the individual, they're costing our nation's economy money. A lot of money.

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DOE Requests Info On Buying Alternative Fuel Vehicles

The DOE seeks information regarding aggregated purchasing of alternative fuel vehicles. The UK government is funding EV charging ans zero-emissions vehicle R&D. New photos show Tesla Gigafactory construction progress.

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The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee gave its full support to a bill that would encourage whistleblowers in the auto industry. Under the legislation someone that speaks out could get 30 percent of any federal fines against automakers for safety lapses.

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Texas Joins Arizona, Connecticut Where Lawmakers Debate Tesla Distribution Model

Some Texas lawmakers step up efforts to allow Tesla to sell electric vehicles directly to customers without third-party dealerships.

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Investors are appealing a German court's ruling last year over a lawsuit regarding Porsche's attempted takeover of Volkswagen. It could cost the company $1.4 billion, but a German judge thinks the case is likely to be dismissed again.

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Colorado Democrat Says Automated Enforcement More About Revenue Generation Than Safety

A US Congressman has introduced legislation that, if passed, would prohibit the use of automated cameras in traffic enforcement across the country.

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A story on FiveThirtyEight suggests that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's bid for a second term could be derailed by the controversial red-light camera program there, with particularly short yellow-light times showering drivers with $100 citations.

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State Would Spend Hundreds of Millions Of Dollars Funding Perk, Some Say

Georgia lawmakers continue to discuss eliminating $5,000 electric-vehicle tax credit.

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Just 6 Percent of Euro Fuel Supply Can Come From Biofuel by 2020

The European Parliament's Environment Committee votes to put a cap on first-generation biofuel use by 2020.

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A Chevrolet Corvette stolen over 40 years ago might be on its way to a police auction, but the original owner is trying to get the car back.

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Ben Woolf, a star of American Horror Story: Freak Show, died this week in Los Angeles after being struck by an SUV. His death highlighted efforts by regulators and automakers to ramp up pedestrian safety efforts, though fatalities remain high.

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BC Renews Clean Energy Vehicles Incentives

Metrocab gives free rides in new EV taxi to make promotional film. Samsung SDI will take over Magna Steyr battery business. British Columbia renews Clean Energy Vehicles incentives, and dealers are pleased.

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Want a job driving the Queen of England around in her Bentley State Limousine? If you've got a UK driver's license, you can apply to be the new chauffeur at Buckingham Palace.

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A group of more than 500 body shops in 36 states have filed a lawsuit against the nation's top insurers over a practice called "steering", which is when insurers use various tactics to lead a policyholder to one of the company's preferred repair shops after an accident. The insurance industry says it doesn't happen, a CNN investigation and at least two attorneys general say otherwise.

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General Motors received 33 more claims to its ignition-switch claim facility this week, which pushed the total to 4,345. The number of accepted cases increased by eight, including one fatality and seven injuries.

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New Guidance Changes How Road-Load Force Is Calculated

In order to get a more accurate MPG window sticker, the EPA has sent out rules describing how the new road-load force coastdown test should be done. It will apply starting with the 2017 MY.

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