Earlier this year the Environmental Protection Agency put forth a 629-page proposal to curtail vehicle emissions. Buried deep in it was language that seemed to indicate turning road cars into regular cars would become illegal. After an outpouring of rabbling from the automotive community, the EPA is clarifying its…
In 2011, the U.S. Department Of Transportation audited the America’s car safety regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and made recommendations on how it could be better at dealing with car defects. Five years later, a new audit from DOT still sees “significant safety concerns being overlooked.”
If Congress cannot approve a budget for 2016 by September 30, the end of this fiscal year, the US government will shut down. It’s a likely scenario since there are just a few more working days for lawmakers to come to an agreement and there’s no sign of that in sight. Here’s what you need to know about how a…
Republican senators want to lower the legal age for driving a full-sized semi-truck across state lines from 21 to 18. This isn’t the first time the idea’s come up, but the trucking industry is apparently more desperate than ever to put butts in trucks.
Look at that picture. See the conflagration? The inferno? The fiery mark of Satan himself? That’s what the auto industry in the United States defines as a “strange odor,” according to a scathing and relentless investigation into the people who are supposed to keep you safe.
An AP investigation has forced the FBI to admit that it uses at least 13 dummy corporations with planes like the one shown above to fly low-and-slow aerial spy missions over U.S. cities, capturing video and sometimes cellular signals from 30 cities in 11 states in a recent month.
Hello and welcome to Letters to Doug, your weekly question-and-answer column with me, Doug, a self-described automotive expert in the sense that I have owned more automobiles than I have fingers and toes.
This might come as a shock: The FBI has a secret air force of sorts that’s recently been buzzing over Baltimore. Or maybe it’s not a shock at all. The FBI’s been using aircraft for decades. These new planes, however, use surveillance equipment designed for warfare and capable of tracking innocent citizens. That’s bad.
A beautifully preserved 1830s steam train is thought to be lurking under a busy thoroughfare in one of the posher parts of Brooklyn. But in 1861, it was sealed up, seemingly for eternity. Everything was set to excavate it just a few years back, until petty personal politics seem to have destroyed any chance of that.
The US Postal Service runs about 200,000 Grumman Long Live Vehicles (LLV) all over the country, which you'd recognize as the pokey little vans that look like they're made of Legos. After some 30 years of braving snow, rain, heat, and gloom of night, Uncle Sam has a long list of specs they want for the next mail truck.
If you're stupid enough to break into a national park during a government shutdown and write about it, you're going to get busted. I knew that when I did it last year, but it didn't take the sting out of standing in federal court with $15,000 in fines or 18 months of incarceration looming over my head. All this for…
The fun police, and also real police (Department of Homeland Security) are fed up with pranksters turning boring, practical information signs into sources of amusementturning boring, practical information signs into sources of amusement. That's right; DHS knows how to change the default password on their signs now. …
The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) recently published a report entitled, "The Impact of Federal Regulations on Franchised Automobile Dealerships." According to the findings, dealerships across the nation spent a total of 3.2 billion to comply with government regulations. Some dealerships claim that…
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is leading an initiative to put more natural-gas burning vehicles in 22 government fleets. As a result her state just ordered 256 natural-gas burning 2014 Ford F-150s, and the city of Dallas bought 65. They're hoping to realize reduced running cost and curtail greenhouse gas emissions.
Over the past two years the government has been working on a proposed rule to change credit risk retention requirements. A part of that overhaul includes sweeping changes to automotive loans, changes that are leaving many commenters asking: do regulators have any idea how people actually buy cars today?
The elderly among us can be a bit sensitive, so I’ll try to phrase this gently (but also loudly, as they can be heard of hearing): SOMETIMES, GRANDMA, WE WORRY ABOUT YOUR DRIVING.
Anyone who travels regularly wants to believe that federal air marshals are friendly heroes who are aboard every single flight. (C'mon, it's possible). But the reality, unfortunately, is not so sunny. According to a new government report, air marshals might be fine to share a three-hour flight with, but they don't…
Do people always tell you that you look "just like" someone else they know? Do you live and drive in Massachusetts? If yes and yes, then you might be in danger of losing your driving privileges, just like John H. Gass did.