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California lawmaker wants to ban Elon Musk’s flamethrower

State Assemblyman Miguel Santiago is not amused. 'If this is real, I'm outraged and you should be too.'

State Assemblyman Miguel Santiago is not amused. "If this is real, I'm outraged and you should be too."

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California may force shops to recommend factory service intervals

Oil change service stations are, not surprisingly, opposed to the bill.

A California state bill would consider oil changes as repairs and put oil change shops under the same standards as dealers. The bill would force these shops to recommend that service intervals follow factory guidelines instead of a universal standard.

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SAFE: Autonomous cars will drive us to better national security

More self-driving cars will mean less foreign-oil use, coalition says.

A group called SAFE argues that autonomous driving is good for national security, in addition to just greening up the transportation system.

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Connecticut inches forward on legalizing Tesla stores

But there's still time in the state's legislative session to reject the automaker.

Tesla may finally be allowed to sell its electric vehicles direct to customers in Connecticut. Maybe.

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New York's 'textalyzer' could uncover distracted driving

New York is considering a bill that would allow police to carry a textalyzer, a device that detects if a driver was using their phone before a crash.

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Self-balancing scooters banned by 180 year old law, British police say

British police remind their countrymen that self-balancing scooters are banned under a 180 year old law.

California orders Uber to pay a $7.3 million fine

The California Public Utilities Commission slapped Uber with a $7.3 million fine and ordered its suspension after it failed to meet the state's reporting requirements.

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Hands-free or fine: New Hampshire 15th state to pass cellphone ban

New Hampshire is the latest state to make using a handheld device illegal while driving, including operating a laptop or tablet. It joins over a dozen other states or territories with similar laws.

Slow driving in the fast lane is about to get expensive

Indiana Gets Serious About Speed With Slowpoke Law

There's nothing more frustrating that being stuck behind a slow moving car in the passing lane, which is why Indiana is preparing lane hogs for when the new 'Slowpoke' law goes into effect July 1.

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Rolling coal now illegal in New Jersey

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed a law making rolling coal illegal in the state. The bill was introduced less than a year ago after a pickup belched soot on a State Assemblyman's Nissan Leaf.

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Washington State bill would fine left-lane hogs for going too slow

A bill in the Washington State Senate would fine left-lane hogs on a sliding scale based on how slow they are going below the speed limit. The penalties come on top of the state's current ban on clogging up the passing lane.

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You can't buy a Tesla in Tesla, WV

The governor of West Virginia has signed the bill banning direct sales by automakers into state law. It means that Tesla is not able to open stores there.

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Oregon may get rid of ethanol in gasoline

House Bill 2373 Would Put Biofuel Blend Out To Dry

Members of the Oregon House of Representatives are proposing a bill to repeal the state's mandate to use a 10-percent ethanol mix in gasoline.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Hasn't Yet Signed Anti-Tesla Legislation

Nation's auto dealers are taking their fight against Tesla to the symbolic heart of the auto industry

In Michigan, a bill that would entrench the existing dealer networks and prohibit direct car sales to buyers has passed both the state's house and senate, and awaits Gov. Rick Snyder's signature.

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Seoul moves to ban Uber, create own app

The ridesharing service Uber promises to connect people needing a lift with drivers offering one, and it appears to be pretty useful. After all, you can use it to summon Optimus Prime. For many cab drivers around the world, though, the app is basically the bane of their existence. The Chris Bruce

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MI bill aims to turn roadkill into roadside cuisine

Usually when we hear the word "salvage" in the car world it brings to mind the dodgy vehicular leftovers after a wreck or natural disaster. But salvage has another meaning related to wrecks and natural disasters: it's the term used for picking up roadkill and processing the meat and pelt to be used for food or bait or profit. In Michigan it's necessary to get a salvage tag to process raodkill, meaning you call local law enforcement or the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), they provide the t

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Idaho, Wyoming poised to get 80 mph speed limits [w/video]

You should be able to drive across the Northwestern part of the United States a little more quickly in the coming months. Idaho and Wyoming have just passed laws to raise some interstate speed limits to 80 miles per hour.

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Nevada now allowing motorcycles to run red lights legally

As of next Tuesday, October 1, motorcyclists, cyclists, moped and tri-wheel riders in Nevada will be legally allowed to run red lights under one condition: there is no other traffic around, and they have waited at the light through two red-light cycles. When light sensors under the road don't detect a two-wheeled vehicle it can leave a rider sitting a light until a car shows up, or the rider will need to dismount and press the "Walk" button to get the light to change. The law was passed in order

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Court puts kibosh on apartheid lawsuit against Ford, Daimler

Ford and Daimler have scored a major victory in a long-running lawsuit filed in US federal court by unnamed South African nationals. The suit alleges that both manufacturers and their subsidiaries sold their vehicles to the South African military, despite knowing that they'd be involved in violently putting down anti-apartheid protesters.

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Hawaii not enforcing EV charging station laws at big parking lots

When it comes to enforcing a Hawaii state law mandating operators of large parking lots to provide electric-vehicle charging stations, the Aloha spirit is a little too laid back for some plug-in advocates. Long considered a pioneer for widespread plug-in vehicle adoption, Hawaii's having trouble enforcing Act 89, the law that requires all parking lots with more than 100 spaces to hav

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