California To Allow Windshield-Mounted GPS, Finally

California is really going balls to the wall with laws regarding driver distractions. The hands-free requirement is inching closer to being implemented and that animal petting law is still going through the ringer. But in an odd move, California is now proposing a law that would allow drivers to have windshield-mounted … » 5/22/08 3:20pm 5/22/08 3:20pm

Bill Introduced To Protect The Blind From Hybrids

Despite how ridiculous it sounds, the above headline is absolutely true. A bill is being introduced in Congress that will establish some kind of safety standards to protect the walking blind from hybrids. Hybrids and other electric cars pose risks to the blind because they are too quiet. The blind listen for cars when… » 4/10/08 1:00pm 4/10/08 1:00pm

In-Car Karaoke? Who Knew?

We love to sing along while driving, we admit it. We also enjoy partaking in the proletarian art of karaoke now and then (Texas residents, we highly recommend keeping an eye on Karaoke Underground's schedule). However, we have never considered installing a karaoke machine in our motor vehicle. Apparently, however, this … » 7/11/07 11:00pm 7/11/07 11:00pm

Illinois Town Enacts Lame Seizure Ordinance

Beginning next month the city of Oak Forest, IL will assert its right to appropriate your vehicle. Those accused of a number of crimes, including vandalism, shoplifting, armed robbery on down to forgetting one's driver's license will have their cars seized until a $500 bond can be posted. If the city-extorted cash… » 5/30/07 3:45pm 5/30/07 3:45pm

Cohorts of Count Grishnackh May Ban Norwegian Gas-Power'd Car Sales

Some Norwegian politicos seem to have let all of those Burzum records go to their head and are intent on killing the gasoline internal-combustion engine as dead as Mayhem frontman Euronymous. Ruling Labor, Socialist Left and Center party wonks are checking to see if a ban on gasoline-powered vehicle sales would be… » 5/24/07 11:45pm 5/24/07 11:45pm

Hoons Hanged via Hearsay?

Are you Australian? If so, are you sick of your neighbor's hotted-up Civic Si? Or his rumbly Ute Maloo R8? Phone him in and let the po-pos know you saw him drifting 'round the bend. They'll show up promptly with a tow truck and haul the offending vehicle off to the impound yard. Is it his third offense? He can say… » 4/09/07 8:15pm 4/09/07 8:15pm

Lemon-Scented Laundry: Consumers' Group Accuses Automakers of Reselling …

Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety and Democratic Senator Ellen Corbett of San Leandro are hopping mad that automakers are dodging California's Lemon Law by not covering military personnel transferred to the Golden State, as well as sending vehicles declared lemons to other states under the guise of "customer… » 3/07/07 5:15pm 3/07/07 5:15pm

Death of a Dumb Law: IL Motorists No Longer Face Dead Batteries

While we appreciate the varietal spice of life various regional laws give these United States, we've gotta admit that some laws — like the no-buttsex-in-Tejas law that was thankfully ruled unconstitutional, the death of the rolling 30-year smog exemption in California and the retarded sex-toy ban in Alabama — just seem … » 3/01/07 7:15pm 3/01/07 7:15pm

Clinton, Sununu Demand Backup Cameras For All

According to the NHTSA, "back-over" incidents kill 183 Americans every year, more than vending machines and schnauzers combined. The unlikely senatorial duo of John E. Sununu (not to be confused with John H. Sununu) and Hillary Clinton are introducing the Cameron Gulbransen Kids and Cars Safety Act, which would mandate… » 2/27/07 1:14pm 2/27/07 1:14pm

Waylaid by Jackassery: New London Law Could Screw Innocent Motorists

In the great state of California, when one goes to pay one's registration, any past-due parking tickets must be taken care of before the state issues its citizes the little colored sticker for the plate. It's all organized by VIN and networked by computer. Apparently, things in the UK aren't quite as sophisticated,… » 2/26/07 7:45pm 2/26/07 7:45pm

Oregon Lawmakers Try to Put Tweeny in the Corner

Goddammit. We know there are idiots in this country who have no business reproducing. Sadly, this has always been the case. And as eugenics run counter to our antifascist tendencies, all we can do is use our bully pulpette to grouse about a bill in Oregon that lawmakers are attempting to pass, mandating that children… » 2/22/07 5:00pm 2/22/07 5:00pm