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    Report: CA stops plans for RFID-enabled driver's licenses [w/poll]
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    California could have become the fifth state to issue enhanced driver's licenses (EDL) and identification cards embedded with radio frequency identification (RFID) chips, but last Friday, state lawmakers suspended the legislation over privacy concerns. The RFID-equipped cards were to be optional, ...

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    Report: Can the government mechanically force you to wear your seatbelt? [w/poll]
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    The National Highway Traffic Administration is considering the use of ignition interlocks in vehicles that would require the seatbelts of occupied seats to be fastened in order to drive the car, Automotive News reports, four decades after Congress moved to prevent manufacturers from installing ...

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    Report: Trademark trolls cause headache for Tesla in China
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    It happened to Apple when it first tried to enter the Chinese market, and now it's happening to electric vehicle maker Tesla: the automaker's name has already been registered in China by trademark trolls, reports Want China Times. Trademark trolls are people or organizations that register company ...

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    Report: Canada getting ready to sell GM stake
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    Canada's federal government and the government of the province of Ontario have started searching for an investment bank to sell the rest of their combined 140 million shares in General Motors, according to an unidentified source, Bloomberg reports. That represents a 10-percent stake up for sale. ...

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    Report: Penalties possible for drivers wearing Google Glass in US and UK [w/poll]
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    The key feature of Google Glass is that it basically puts an Android smartphone on users' heads, allowing them hands-free operation of many smartphone features, including web browsing, phone calls, texting and navigation. A small heads-up display rests directly above the right eye, making it seem ...

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    Report: Ford blamed in drug mule lawsuit
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    If a college student is caught smuggling drugs across the border, one might think the kid got what was coming to him. But when a Mexican student at the University of Texas in El Paso was caught by Border Patrol agents with duffel bags filled with marijuana in his trunk, the man used a classic ...

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    Report: House committee looks to cut auto tech loans to fight fires
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    We've heard all about the wildfires that have been raging in the western US, and the lengths that normal citizens are going to to fight them. Now, Congress is finally stepping in to deliver some aid of its own. The funds, though, could come at the expense of the auto industry. The Republican ...

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    Report: NHTSA looking for power to fast-track 'noncontroversial' auto laws
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    When it comes to any new regulation that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration deems "not controversial and therefore unlikely to receive adverse comment," it would like the power to implement the regulation without the standard period of public comment. It seeks the change in order to ...

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    Report: GM passes Ford in government sales, first time since bailout
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    Opponents of the US auto bailout – specifically that of "Government Motors" – should have a field day with this information. According to data compiled by Automotive News from the Government Services Administration, General Motors became the largest supplier of new cars to the US ...

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    Report: GM may face $918-million loss due to suit stemming from bankruptcy
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    General Motors may see a loss of $918 million should a bankruptcy judge rule certain hedge funds were favored over other investors during the automaker's 2009 restructuring. A trust representing a number of unsecured creditors has sued to undo a lock-up agreement that saw hedge funds receive ...

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    Report: Coral Gables, FL votes to scrap 50-year-old pickup ban
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    For 50 years, residents of Coral Gables, Florida weren't permitted to park pickup trucks in their driveways due to a local ordinance aimed at preserving the community's classy aesthetic. As you may recall, police began enforcing the rule last year by handing out citations with a $100 fine to ...

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    Report: CDC: Teen drinking and driving down by more than half
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    One out of 10 teens has hopped behind the wheel of a car after drinking alcohol, a Center for Disease Control and Prevention study revealed this week. That means every month, there are potentially 2.4 million teenagers driving under the influence of alcohol. Hopefully, not all at the same ...

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    Report: Would you be upset if Chicago moved your car without asking? [w/poll]
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    Chicago Kafkaesque system for moving vehicles to clear space for municipal work or TV/movie production is not working as advertised. In theory, it's straightforward: the city tows someone's car to an out-of-the-way parking space to make room and enters the new location into a database within 20 ...

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    Report: NY Mayor suggests shaming bad drivers, posting pictures and names
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    Run a New York City red light holding a Super Big Gulp in one hand, and you could find yourself really hosed. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who recently and notably suggested banning the sale of super-sized soft drinks in the city, proposed posting pictures and names of drivers who run ...

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    Report: How many limos does the U.S. government actually use?
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    Limos are evil or at least the people who ride in them are. That's the takeaway we get after learning that the United States government is getting out of having so many, or at least counting as many, according to The Huffington Post. By 2010, the U.S. government owned 412 limos, according to ...

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    Uncle Sam's shopping list for government fleets
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    Edmunds has taken a closer look at which vehicles are most heavily favored by the federal government by evaluating percentage of model sales in 2011. Not surprisingly the Chevrolet Caprice topped off the list with a whopping 79.2 percent of sales going to government agencies, while the ...

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    Report: Great Britain set to introduce laws making "drug driving" a criminal offense
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    It's taken three years but the Great Britain is finally ready to introduce laws to make driving while impaired by illegal and legal drugs against the law. While Britain's Home Office waitied for approval of a mobile drug-testing unit – currently drug testing is done at the police station ...

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    Report: Auto industry pays $135 billion in taxes annually
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    How important is the auto industry to state and federal governments? According to the Center for Automotive Research, the industry accounts for $135 billion in annual taxes. In fact, a reported 13 percent of all state taxes comes from the automobile, or $91.5 billion in total. Just as impressive ...

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    Report: Hertz urges government to oversee rental car recalls
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    In the rental car industry, if a vehicle is on the lot it isn't making any money. The same is true for any vehicle in the shop for repairs, including vehicles that are recalled by automakers. That has created a bit of a conundrum for rental car companies, and the drive for profits can lead to ...

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    Report: China aims to slow foreign investment in auto market
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    The exponential growth of China's auto market has left many automakers licking their lips at the thought of rampant profit. Recent years have seen the country's government spur foreign investment with various incentives, including reduced tariffs on imported manufacturing machinery. According to ...

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