Minnesota considers new tax based on mileage driven

25 Apr
Teen driver - busy street- AAA Foundation for Traffic SafetyMinnesota will mull a different way to tax drivers in the state over a potential increase to the gas tax: a mileage tax. According to a report from Alpha News last week, Democratic Rep. Raymond Dehn has proposed a tax based on the miles an individual drives. His new piece of legislation would authorize a study that the Minnesota Department of...

Automakers roll out payment relief options for federal workers

17 Jan
2019 Toyota RAV4 HybridA handful of automakers' finance arms allow those affected by the U.S. government shutdown to defer payments they're making on their cars. Toyota announced its program for federal employees on Jan. 2. Drivers who purchased or leased their vehicle through Toyota Financial Services or Lexus Financial Services may be eligible for up to two months of...

Government shutdown prompts NHTSA to pause car defect investigations

9 Jan
NHTSA Logo LargeAs 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 will remain furloughed until funding is restored...

Congress likely to repeal consumer protection regulation for auto loans

18 Apr
Auto loanAn Obama-era regulation designed to prevent unnecessary interest-rate hikes on auto loans may be gone soon. On Tuesday, the Senate approved a resolution to repeal guidance issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2013 designed to keep lenders from disproportionately charging minorities more for car loans. The measure is headed next to...

Citing fuel-economy benefits, automakers push for 95 octane gas

18 Apr
Audi brings Traffic Light Info system to Washington DCTouting lower greenhouse gas emissions and higher fuel economy, Detroit's automakers want the U.S. to boost its octane. GM, Ford, and FCA are working with the U.S. Council for Automotive Research on a plan to switch from the three octane choices at most pumps to just one: 95 octane. Such a move would put the U.S. in line with Europe. Automotive...

While automakers tout green cars, they’re fighting the EPA

6 Apr
Chrome exhaust pipeThe left hand doesn't always follow the right hand. The trade association that represents most major automakers won its battle to get the EPA to announce it wants to ease emission limits for 2022 through 2025 cars, even as the lobbying group simultaneously works to promote electric cars that don't use a drop of gasoline. It's hypocritical, but...

NYC hopes congestion fee won’t get stuck in legislative gridlock

30 Jan
Hybrid New York Taxi by Flickr user Yodel AnecdotalNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a so-called congestion charge in an attempt to combat New York City—and specifically Manhattan—traffic jams. If implemented, drivers would face fees of $11.52 to enter the most traffic-prone areas of Manhattan, and trucks would see a daily fee of $25.34. The Manhattan charge, which would be...

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

23 Jan
Fuel pumpLast 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 18.5 cent tax, which was implemented a full quarter century ago in 1993. Since then, most states have raised their own fuel tax rates, and myriad business leaders, from Ford to...

Five ways self-driving cars will change the way you get your mail

16 Oct
The United States Postal Service's rendering for a self-driving mail delivery truckThe United States postal service is preparing for a future in which drivers won’t be a required part of mail delivery. It’s has been developing a self-driving mail truck, and now the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has publicly revealed a quintet of ways in which self-driving mail trucks will change the way you get your mail. In...