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  • Nannytastic: All vehicles required to have rearview cameras by 2018

    04/01/2014 7:14:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/02/2014 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Four years from now, it will be illegal to manufacture a car without a rearview camera. The new regulation is to meant to prevent back-over accidents from hurting small children and seniors, so who could be against that? Apparently not one person, because the New York Times story on this regulation features not one dissenting voice. No one who could say, “Gee, this will definitely add to the cost of new vehicles, making them less affordable and attainable for middle-class families.” No one who could say, “This sounds like a nice idea, but must it be mandated by government?” Not...
  • Police may be using military vehicles because of Pentagon cuts

    03/01/2014 7:04:21 PM PST · by MCF · 34 replies
    Fox 2 news ^ | 2/27/2014 | Staff writer
    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) We may soon see military in armored trucks roaming our city streets. An estimated 13,000 mine-resistant vehicles are expected to be distributed around the country.
  • 'Charge Rage' electric car owners get angry after having vehicles unplugged

    01/24/2014 2:41:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 71 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1/23/14 | David Millward
    The growing popularity of environmentally friendly motoring in America has led to a new phenomenon, charge rage, as the owners of electric cars compete for places to plug in their cars. While the owners of electric cars may care about climate change, they appear to be less solicitous of their fellow ecologically-motivated motorists. Angry notes have been left on windscreens and drivers have returned to their cars to find that they have been unplugged.
  • I-5 bridge collapses over Skagit River, sending vehicles, people into water

    MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — A portion of an Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River, about 60 miles north of Seattle, collapsed Thursday, sending three vehicles and people plunging into the cold water at least 50 feet below. Amazingly, there were no fatalities, Skagit County authorities said. Three people were pulled from the river and taken to Skagit Valley Hospital and United General Hospital; two were reported to be in stable condition, the other had minor injuries and was being released Thursday night. The survivor who was released was identified as Dan Sligh, 47. His wife, Sally Sligh, 56, remained...
  • Combat in and around vehicles

    05/23/2013 9:08:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 22 May, 2013 | Vandil
    After 2 months of snow delays I recently completed the vehicle combat training class I posted inquiries about last November. The class was a solo student course lead by Firearms Iinstructor and assisted (ammo bitched) by an experienced IDPA\Highpower competitor. The course curriculum was very in depth and complete. Ranging from at your door assaults, engagement ranges and choices, vehicles as cover, vehicles as weapons, point shooting, moving targets, moving shooter, moving vehicles, window shooting, cross passenger compartment engagement, vehicle egress, vehicle hard points, glass deflection, under vehicle shooting, equipment tricks, and hand to hand with pistol attacks. We covered...
  • [San Francisco] SF's goal of taking its cars off the road hits speed bump

    05/01/2013 7:15:15 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 12 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 04/28/13 | Joshua Sabatini
    Enforcement of San Franciscos 2010 law to reduce city government vehicles was supposed to begin two years ago. Now that it has finally started, the requirement is being put to the test. Nine city department heads have submitted waivers to protect hundreds of trucks, sedans and other vehicles from elimination. --SNIP-- The fleet has long faced criticism for abuse and waste, a fact seen as a blemish on San Franciscos environmentally conscious image. In recent years, city leaders have launched efforts to reduce vehicle dependency, such as by partnering with car-share programs. In 2010, San Francisco adopted the landmark Healthy...
  • Airbags, Tailgates Are Targets Du Jour for Thieves

    04/30/2013 8:48:19 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 14 replies ^ | Apr 30, 2013
    Airbags, Tailgates Are Targets Du Jour for Thieves Targets of car-component thieves can be as fleeting as Ed Hardy T-shirts and lower-back tattoos; they shift with cultural fixations and advancing technology. So, what car parts are trending for car thieves now? Of course, there are the classics, like hubcaps and car stereos. A few years back, high intensity discharge headlights enjoyed their day in the sun among street-car enthusiasts and, more recently, marijuana growers. Lately, Honda Fit wheels have become a popular target, as one of's own senior editors learned. Airbags and pickup trucks' tailgates are currently making headlines...
  • Driverless cars expected to go mainstream by 2025

    04/20/2013 2:07:54 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 88 replies
    BGR ^ | 4/19/13 | Dan Graziano
    Google has been testing a fleet of autonomous vehicles on U.S. roadways for quite some time now, and other companies such as Mercedes-Benz are adding more advanced technology to aid drivers. We now have cars that can automatically stop, parallelpark themselves and even detect when another car is in a blind spot. Googleexecutives have previously said that they would like to see self-driving vehicles on the road within three to five years, however it may not happen that quickly. Industry experts believe that by 2020, car computers will handle much of the work when traveling at high speedsand five years...
  • Americans eyeing 'crossing fee' for passenger vehicles at Canada-US land borders

    04/20/2013 9:09:33 AM PDT · by MamaDearest · 15 replies ^ | April 20, 2013 | Andy Radia
    Excerpt only snips: Would you still make your weekly or monthly shopping trip to the United States if you had to pay an additional fee each time you crossed a land border by car or bus?"Given this, I was shocked to see that the Fiscal Year 2014 budget request proposed a study for a new toll on all passengers and pedestrians crossing the border from Canada into the United States. Putting up economic barriers to regional commerce is the absolute last thing we should be doing to grow the Western New York economy."
  • New E15 Gasoline May Damage Vehicles and Cause Consumer Confusion

    11/30/2012 12:23:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    PR Newswire - Yahoo ^ | 11/30/12 | PR Newswire
    AAA research reveals need for regulators and industry to suspend E15 sales to protect motorists ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A recent survey by AAA finds a strong likelihood of consumer confusion and the potential for voided warranties and vehicle damage as a result of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent approval of E15 gasoline. An overwhelming 95 percent of consumers surveyed have not heard of E15, a newly approved gasoline blend that contains up to 15 percent ethanol. ... Only about 12 million out of the more than 240 million light-duty vehicles on the roads today are...
  • The Survivor Truck, built to drive through the end of the world

    11/06/2012 12:54:48 AM PST · by Kartographer · 31 replies
    Yahoo Autos ^ | 11/5/12 | Justin Hyde
    "Sometimes," author William S. Burroughs once said, "paranoia is just having all the facts." Given the facts gathered from the past few natural and man-made disasters, it's not a surprise that many people have begun to think of what they'd need to survive the next calamity. One California man has taken a kitchen-sink approach and created the Survivor Truck -- a machine that could keep rolling through any given Armageddon.
  • Politicized, Militarized Homeland Security Department Unveils New Panzer Division

    09/25/2012 4:04:42 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 109 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | September 25, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    This to go along with it's 1.2 BILLION rounds of ammo  (22 lead slugs for each-and-every Republican) and armored checkpoint booths... nothing to worry about, tho! To the list of recent unsettling developments at DHS and other federal agencies -such as FEMA camp expansions, massive DHS ammo buys, a creepy new biometric surveillance system just being rolled-out by the FBI, and drones buzzing our backyards with cameras- we can now add the appearance across the country of not just heavily-armored military grade Humvees, but 'GLS' armored personnel carriers (APC's) such as in the picture above- 2500 of them to be...
  • Homeland Security and Military Vehicles Pictures I Captured while in Kentucky

    07/29/2012 2:13:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 65 replies ^ | 7/29/12 | Sherrie Questioning All
    I was in Kentucky this last week. While driving up there I came across at least 10 different trucks hauling military vehicles going North. I even came across them in the small town of Winchester Kentucky, which is where I took the first picture of a Homeland Security armored vehicle. A friend who was driving up the other way through Bowling Green on Interstate 65 to Louisville said he saw about 20 trucks with military vehicles that same day going North too. I was going up Interstate 75 to Lexington Kentucky. I then went on a small road to Winchester...
  • Hows the Stimulus for Electric Vehicles Working Out, Mr. President?

    12/09/2011 4:11:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Global ^ | 12/9/11 | Marlo Lewis
    In his January 2011 State of the Union speech, President Obama called for more research and incentives so that America could become the first country to have 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. In yesterdays Washington Post, Carol Leonnig and Joe Stephens report that the Obama Administration has poured roughly $5 billion dollars in taxpayer funds into the electric car industry, offering incentives to manufacturers, their suppliers and even car buyers who might want to go green. This included $2.4 billion in Stimulus support to develop advanced batteries for all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Hows it all...
  • Violent Riots Ravage Tottenham After Shooting

    08/06/2011 11:58:51 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 20 replies
    Sky News ^ | Sunday August 07, 2011 | Breaking News
    Petrol bombs were thrown, shops looted and eight officers injured during violent riots in Tottenham following a protest over the fatal shooting of a man by police. A crowd of around 300 set fire to buildings, bins and vehicles, while missiles and petrol bombs were thrown in Tottenham High Road on Saturday night and into Sunday morning. Eight police officers were taken to hospital and at least one suffered head injuries. By the early hours of Sunday, many protesters had moved to nearby Tottenham Hale retail park, where some were spotted looting PC World and JJB Sports. Sky's Simon Newton,...
  • CA fees on vehicles, rural homes may be challenged

    06/29/2011 6:36:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    Riverside Press-Enterpise ^ | 6/29/11 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO - Every Californian with a vehicle will pay $12 more a year to register it, and millions of property owners who live outside cities will pay $150 annually for state fire protection under two new fees imposed by lawmakers as part of the budget passed late Tuesday. However, the moves could face legal challenges from opponents who argue the fees are taxes in disguise. Democrats who control the Legislature approved the fees without Republican support. By law, the Legislature cannot pass new taxes without a two-thirds vote, which requires approval from at least some Republican lawmakers. But Democrats believe...
  • Perry Signs Hegar-Sponsored Bill Allowing Guns In Vehicles At The Workplace(TX)

    06/21/2011 7:52:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 20 June, 2011 | John Pape
    Gov. Rick Perry has signed legislation championed by Fort Bend State Sen. Glenn Hegar that allows employees to store legally owned firearms in their locked, privately owned motor vehicles while at their workplace. GUN BILL SIGNED Gov. Rick Perry has signed into law a bill sponsored by State Sen. Glenn Hegar that will allow residents to store legal guns locked in their vehicles while parked at the workplace. The bill takes effect Sept. 1. Hegar had introduced the bill during three sessions of the Texas Legislature, but this was the first time it made it to the governors desk....
  • Obama showcases fuel-saving vehicles

    04/01/2011 2:16:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/1/11 | Erica Werner - ap
    LANDOVER, Md. Pressing his energy policy goals, President Barack Obama on Friday prodded large companies to modernize their shipping fleets with more fuel efficient vehicles, improvements that he said would reduce U.S. dependency on foreign oil and cut down business overhead costs in the long term. The president ventured to suburban Maryland and toured a UPS shipping facility, where he examined all-electric as well as hybrid vehicles used by companies such as AT&T, Verizon and PepsiCo. Obama launched a new public-private partnership designed to help large commercial fleets cut back on their diesel and gasoline use.
  • Two Sentenced for Transporting Stolen Goods to Support Hizballah

    07/14/2010 11:31:24 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Two Sentenced for Transporting Stolen Goods to Support Hizballah PHILADELPHIAMichael Katz, 58, of Plainsboro, NJ, and Alaa Allia Ahmed Mohamed, a/k/a Alaa Ahmed Mohamed Abouelnagaa, 44, of Brooklyn, NY, were sentenced today for conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and trafficking in counterfeit goods, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Katz was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison; Mohamed was sentenced to 18 months in prison. The charges against the two were filed in conjunction with a case against four people, including Hassan Hodroj and Dib Hani Harb, who...
  • Massachusetts Lawmakers Weigh Closing Loophole that Lets Illegals Register Vehicles

    06/17/2010 2:52:17 PM PDT · by lado · 11 replies · 289+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/17/10 | ?
    Illegal immigrants able to legally get their cars on the road in Massachusetts may soon find that privilege outlawed, MyFoxBoston reports. For years, Massachusetts drivers have been able to register their vehicles even if they don't have driver's licenses, a law that has enabled tens of thousands of illegal immigrants in Massachusetts to drive legally registered cars. .... The issue came to a head recently when a suspected illegal immigrant rear-ended a state representative in a serious car crash.
  • Orange Peels, Newspapers May Lead to Cheaper Ethanol

    04/23/2010 12:16:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 412+ views
    Tech Journal South ^ | April 23rd, 2010
    Scientists may have just made the breakthrough of a lifetime, turning discarded fruit peels and other throwaways into cheap, clean fuel to power the worlds vehicles. University of Central Florida professor Henry Daniell has developed a groundbreaking way to produce ethanol from waste products such as orange peels and newspapers. His approach is greener and less expensive than the current methods available to run vehicles on cleaner fuel and his goal is to relegate gasoline to a secondary fuel. Daniells breakthrough can be applied to several non-food products throughout the United States, including sugarcane, switchgrass and straw. Could be...
  • Feds say Border Patrol vehicles being 'cloned' by Mexican smugglers

    04/12/2010 11:17:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies · 837+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/12/10 | Sara A. Carter
    Federal agents along the Texas border were warned by the Department of Homeland Security that Mexican drug cartels are using "cloned" Border Patrol vehicles to smuggle drugs into the United States, according to documents obtain by the Washington Examiner. The DHS report was sent to Border Patrol officials in Webb County, Texas, in March. It asked Border Patrol agents and local law enforcement officials to be on alert for "a suspected cloned marked Crown Victoria" the same vehicle type used by the agents.
  • Fuel efficiency rules to spur advanced vehicles

    03/31/2010 1:40:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 581+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/31/10 | Ken Thomas - ap
    WASHINGTON Automakers are being pushed to build a more fuel-efficient generation of gas-electric hybrids, turbocharged engines and advanced vehicles powered by electricity under tough new standards from the Obama administration. Final rules to be signed Thursday by the Transportation Department and the Environmental Protection Agency come after carmakers posted modest gains in the distance a car can travel on a gallon of gas. The rules require 2016 model year vehicles to meet fuel efficiency targets of 35.5 miles per gallon combined for cars and trucks, an increase of nearly 10 mpg over current standards set by the National Highway...
  • Suggestions for a used vehicle?

    03/01/2010 8:16:17 AM PST · by bgill · 97 replies · 1,468+ views
    I'm looking for some suggestions for an inexpensive used vehicle for a teenager. The plan was to give him the old pickup but it is on it's last legs. The vehicle must have a high safety rating. It will mainly be for city/highway driving but in an emergency needs to be able to book it across pastures. Again, cheap, cheap, cheap. Any suggestions?
  • Can we get some activism here?

    02/12/2010 4:21:17 AM PST · by Cardo · 8 replies · 260+ views
    02/12/2010 | Cardo
    While watching DW TV last night, the report that China is importing luxury items from around the world, had me overly concerned. How many products is China importing from us, the U.S., currently? Are well selling them "top of the line", "high value / quality" products? (Things with which we are proud we make; that are also extremely profitable.) Do we have the ability to compete in the global market? We lost a significant portion of our labor market when companies cut expenses by moving assets and interests outside the country. Now, with our dollar devalued so heavily; it is...
  • CA: Despite budget crisis, state spent $75 million on vehicles, office furniture

    02/09/2010 9:13:12 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 384+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/9/10 | Patrick McGreevey
    Reporting from Sacramento - Even as the state grappled with a budget crisis last year, bureaucrats spent nearly $45 million on new vehicles, almost $30 million on new furniture and more than $2 million on off-site meetings and conferences, a legislative panel has found. The expenditures were outlined in a report released Monday by the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review, which plans to call on state agency managers to explain their spending at a hearing Wednesday. "These expenses came despite an executive order from the governor last year for each state agency to cut costs and eliminate vehicle...
  • National vehicle history database goes live

    01/26/2010 4:32:47 PM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 4 replies · 447+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 1/26/10 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A national database that allows consumers to view the history of used vehicles went into effect this year, but federal official said Tuesday that some states are not contributing vehicle records to the system. The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System allows potential used car buyers to check the title, odometer reading, accident history and other information for a fee of less than $5. The system was first proposed in the early 1990s, but was stalled until consumer protection agencies took legal action forcing the federal government to enact the program. It is currently administered by the...
  • Chrysler vehicles recalled for possible brake failure

    01/18/2010 12:30:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies · 554+ views
    cnn ^ | 1/18/10 | Peter Valdes-Dapena
    NEW YORK ( -- Chrysler Group is recalling about 24,000 late-model Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles to fix a defective part that could cause sudden, unexpected brake failure. The recall applies to some 2010 model year Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger sedans, Dodge Nitro and Jeep Liberty, Jeep Commander and Grand Cherokee SUVs and 2009 and 2010 model year Ram trucks.
  • A Flush G.M. to Lavish Cash on New Vehicles

    12/07/2009 10:51:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies · 1,111+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 7, 2009 | BILL VLASIC
    DETROIT Edward E. Whitacre Jr., the new chief executive of General Motors, has one big advantage as he tries to turn around the automaker a stockpile of cash G.M. workers awaiting an announcement at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant on Monday that the company will invest to build the Volt, a battery-powered sedan, at that location. G.M. may spend to speed development on the Chevrolet Volt. G.M. had already pumped up its vehicle-development programs since emerging from bankruptcy with $42.6 billion in cash reserves, the bulk of which came from the government.
  • Mechanics keep vehicles mission ready (Gear-Heads)

    12/05/2009 1:45:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 276+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. April Mota, USA
    strong>With the help of an interpreter, Sgt. Steve Cyr, 101st Engineer Battalion, explains the best way to repair a faulty wiring harness to Spc. Murad, with the 6th Iraqi Army Field Engineer Regiment, Dec. 4. The U.S. and Iraqi Soldiers repaired equipment during a three-day maintenance course on Victory Base Complex, Baghdad. Photo by Staff Sgt. April Mota, 16th Engineer Brigade. BAGHDAD — U.S. Soldiers here recently instructed Iraqi Army Soldiers on how to repair various faults on their equipment and vehicles. Some of the repairs included a turret handle, door bracket, fuel leak, an air tank leak and a...
  • Arrests Made in Case Involving Conspiracy to Procure Weapons, Including Anti-Aircraft Missiles

    11/23/2009 2:32:12 PM PST · by Cindy · 38 replies · 2,014+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMonday, November 23, 2009 Arrests Made in Case Involving Conspiracy to Procure Weapons, Including Anti-Aircraft Missiles Arrests were made today in a case involving a conspiracy to procure weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles. A criminal complaint, unsealed today, charged Dani Nemr Tarraf with conspiring to acquire anti-aircraft missiles (FIM-92 Stingers) and conspiring to possess machine guns (approximately 10,000 Colt M4 Carbines). In addition, Tarraf and other defendants including Douri Nemr Tarraf, Hassan Mohamad Komeiha, and Hussein Ali Asfour were charged with conspiring to...
  • Queens Man and Accomplice Charged with Attempting to Provide Material Support to Hizballah

    10/27/2009 1:53:29 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 501+ views - DOJ Press Release ^ | October 27, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Queens Man and Accomplice Charged with Attempting to Provide Material Support to Hizballah Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Joseph M. Demarest, Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the FBI, announced the filing of an indictment yesterday charging Patrick Nayyar and Conrad Stanisclaus Mulholland with attempting to provide material support to Hizballah, a designated foreign terrorist organization. The indictment also charges Nayyar with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. On Sept. 24, 2009, Nayyar, a 46-year-old citizen of India who had...
  • U.N. probes use of its vehicles in Somalia bombing

    09/19/2009 11:03:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 449+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/19/09 | Frank Nyakairu
    NAIROBI (Reuters) The United Nations is investigating the use of its vehicles by suicide bombers who killed 17 African Union peacekeepers at their main base in Somalia, a senior official said on Saturday. The Somali government warned on Friday that Islamist rebels from the al Shabaab group had six more stolen U.N. cars primed with explosives ready for suicide attacks. "There are very large numbers of U.N. vehicles in Somalia that have been used for a variety of projects," Mark Bowden, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, told Reuters. He said the United Nations had been given the chassis...
  • Cash for Clunkers: Trade in American, Buy Foreign

    08/11/2009 5:29:25 AM PDT · by kellynla · 55 replies · 1,213+ views ^ | August 10, 2009 | Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
    The only part of the stimulus program that is working, the cash-for-clunkers program is, in reality, a subsidy to foreign car companies, proving that Barack Obama is the best president Japan ever had. The Department of Transportation reports that the ten leading trade-ins are all American branded cars while six of the top ten new cars purchased - and four of the top five - are foreign. So the United States Senate is about to pass additional funds to subsidize the trade-in of American cars and the purchase of foreign cars. DOT reports that the following are the ten top...
  • More Mine-resistant Vehicles Flow to Afghanistan

    07/09/2009 4:54:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 1,096+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 9, 2009 The military is sending thousands of mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to Afghanistan, even while a new version is being built, to protect troops against their biggest threat: improvised explosive devices. Because IEDs pose the biggest threat to troops in Afghanistan, the nations top military officer said yesterday, the military will keep the MRAPs flowing there until new versions built specifically for the Afghan terrain are ready for shipment. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told a National Press Club audience that IEDs have become more and more sophisticated over time. Combined with increasingly sophisticated Taliban attacks, they pose...

    06/26/2009 3:06:00 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 464+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.GOV ^ | June 23, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ____________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release June 23, 2009 EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - ESTABLISHING A WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL ON AUTOMOTIVE COMMUNITIES AND WORKERS By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. Over the last decade, the United States has experienced a decline in employment in the auto industry and among part suppliers. This decline has accelerated dramatically over...
  • Shaykh Gets Down to Repair Business

    05/05/2009 5:46:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 216+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Amanda Tucker, 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)
    Iraqis work for an Iraqi non-tactical vehicle oil station on Joint Base Balad. The car maintenance agreement between the Iraqi company and the American government is the first of its kind to work inside a military base. Photo by Pfc. Amanda Tucker, 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). JOINT BASE BALAD — Shaykh Shehab Ahmed Saleh Altmime has been running a non-tactical vehicle business here since August 2008, employing local nationals while providing a service to military members on base."As reward of my work and my sincerity ... [a] contract was signed between the Iraqi non-tactical vehicle oil station and Joint Base...
  • Bill outlaws smoking in vehicles with kids (NM)

    02/25/2009 7:09:55 PM PST · by CedarDave · 94 replies · 1,493+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 25, 2009 | Deborah Baker, AP
    The state Senate voted Wednesday to outlaw smoking in vehicles when children 12 or under are present. The legislation went to the House on a vote of 26-12, over the objections of lawmakers who complained it was overreaching. "At what point do free people say ... thou shalt not tell me any more what to do?" said Sen. William Sharer, a Farmington Republican. The proposal would expand the New Mexico law that already bans smoking in most offices, restaurants, bars, buses, taxis and other indoor public places. Supporters said children are particularly vulnerable to the health effects of secondhand cigarette...
  • Geithner, Summers Convene Official Designees to Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry

    02/21/2009 3:44:52 AM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies · 487+ views ^ | Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 5:09 pm | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 5:09 pm Geithner, Summers Convene Official Designees to Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ____________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release February 20, 2009 Geithner, Summers Convene Official Designees to Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry WASHINGTON Today, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and National Economic Council (NEC) Director Larry Summers convened official designees to the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry to discuss recently submitted restructuring plans from Chrysler LLC and General Motors Corporation. The...
  • CONGRESS $HOPPING CARTS (Millions For Green Golf Carts)

    02/11/2009 9:20:45 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 9 replies · 785+ views
    New YorkPost ^ | 2/11/09 | GEOFF EARLE
    WASHINGTON - "Fore!" The federal government is preparing to spend millions to purchase a fleet of small electric vehicles that critics compare to golf carts. The $838 billion economic stimulus bill that passed the Senate yesterday contains $300 million for the government to purchase a fleet of "green" cars. But the money won't just go to buy fuel-efficient hybrids such as the Ford Escape or Chevy Volt. The cash also can be used to purchase "neighborhood electric vehicles." The NEVs, which resemble streamlined golf carts, scoot at up to 25 mph, operate on battery power and can be plugged into...
  • New York To Reduce State Truck Emissions ($20,000 Per Truck; Governor Wants 188 New Taxes & Fees)

    12/18/2008 3:38:00 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 23 replies · 1,212+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11/25/08
    NY officials want older trucks fitted with emission-reducing equipment; cost put at $195M ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York is taking steps to reduce diesel emissions in its construction fleet. The Department of Environmental Conservation is floating proposed regulations requiring trucks made before 2007 to be fitted with emissions-reducing equipment and to use ultra-low-sulfur fuel by 2011. The new regulations would apply only to state-owned trucks or trucks used for state contract work. The DEC estimates it will cost $195 million to retrofit about 30,000 state trucks. The New York State
  • Ton of Marijuana Seized From Cloned UPS Truck in Arizona

    12/09/2008 4:06:36 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 41 replies · 2,570+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 12/9/08 Dept. of Public Safety Arizona Department of Public Safety Detectives have confiscated about 2,118 pounds of marijuana from a truck that appeared identical to a United Parcel Service truck. A suspect fled the scene when an officer and narcotics canine attempted to stop the vehicle, according to A search of the truck yielded nearly $1.2 million worth of marijuana bundles typically transported by
  • Saddled With Debt, Some Decide to Torch Vehicles

    10/13/2008 1:21:23 PM PDT · by BGHater · 70 replies · 1,927+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 13 Oct 2008 | Dan Morse and Matt Zapotosky
    Burdened by debt and driving home from a night of gambling in West Virginia, Sergio Lopez launched a scheme that at the time must have seemed like a good idea. He pulled his Volkswagen Jetta up to a random corner in Silver Spring, doused the interior with gasoline, set it on fire and walked away. He later made a claim to Nationwide Insurance. The car was missing, he said -- someone must have stolen it. Add Lopez, who pleaded guilty in the case this year, to the band of Washington area residents who have torched their cars hoping for a...
  • Soldiers in Afghanistan Test New Off-Road Prototypes

    06/09/2008 4:38:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies · 165+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Jessica L. Sheldon, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan, June 9, 2008 Soldiers from Combined Task Force Currahee recently test-drove a new vehicle that could help alleviate some of the problems they have maneuvering through Afghanistans mountains and valleys. Soldiers from 101st Airborne Division test an enhanced logistic off-road vehicle prototype to see if it meets their standards for operational use in Afghanistan. Three prototype vehicles are being tested. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jessica L. Sheldon, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The enhanced logistic off-road vehicle, known as the ELSORV, may be the answer to navigating...
  • Probe Sought in Marine Vehicle Delays

    02/26/2008 5:26:11 AM PST · by kellynla · 1 replies · 130+ views ^ | February 26, 2008 7:42 AM | staff
    WASHINGTON -- The Marine Corps has asked the Pentagon's inspector general to examine allegations that a nearly two-year delay in the fielding of blast-resistant vehicles led to hundreds of combat casualties in Iraq. The system for rapidly shipping needed gear to troops on the front lines has been examined by auditors before and continues to improve, Col. David Lapan, a Marine Corps spokesman, said Monday night. Due to the seriousness of the allegations, however, "the Marine Corps has taken the additional step" of requesting the IG investigation, Lapan said in an e-mailed statement. In a Jan. 22 internal report, Franz...
  • Orbital Introduces FlexDI Injection Technology

    10/27/2007 8:18:43 AM PDT · by taildragger · 17 replies · 149+ views
    Green Car Congress ^ | 10/27/2007 | Green Car Staff
    Australia-based Orbital Corporation introduced its new FlexDI modular direct injection fuel system technology at the 5th International Clean Vehicle Exhibition and Forum in Beijing. Polaris Industries is the first customer to go into series production with FlexDI, applying it in the Patriot Engine.
  • Defense Department Contracts for 2,400 More MRAP Vehicles

    10/19/2007 4:26:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 42+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2007 The Defense Department has let contracts for an additional 2,400 mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles, bringing the total number of the vehicles ordered to 8,800. Were going to do everything we can to get as many vehicles in theater as fast as we can, a senior Pentagon official, speaking on background, said yesterday. The MRAP is designed to survive blasts from improvised explosive devices and armor-piercing IEDs known as explosively formed penetrators or projectiles, the main killers of American servicemembers in Iraq. The vehicles have a V-shaped hull that deflects shrapnel, providing more effective protection for...
  • More Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles Shipped to Middle East

    08/17/2007 5:24:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 451+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2007 U.S. troops serving in Iraq will have a little more protection soon, as two of the militarys newest armored vehicles are on their way to the theater. U.S. Air Force airmen load a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle onto a C-5 Galaxy aircraft Aug. 16, 2007, at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C. Air Mobility Command assists with the movement of MRAP vehicles to U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility as directed by the National Command Authority, the Joint Staff and U.S. Transportation Command. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Robertson, USA(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution...
  • Gates Urges Faster Production of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles

    06/29/2007 4:44:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 531+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 29, 2007 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today he refuses to accept that improvised explosive devices are an uncontrollable challenge, and he urged private industry members today to produce Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, known as MRAPs, quickly and in greater numbers to counter this threat. We absolutely are not accepting (IED attacks) as a challenge that cant be defeated, Gates said during a Pentagon news conference with Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, at his side. The secretary said he was briefed this week on how quickly MRAP vehicles, which...
  • Toyota, an All American car company?

    01/12/2007 1:47:04 PM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 134 replies · 2,079+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, January 12, 2007 | Steve Schifferes
    Having made tremendous headway in the US market with its small, energy efficient petrol-electric hybrid cars, Toyota is getting ready to take on its US rivals on their home turf with an American model of its own. Toyota's Tundra pick-up truck is the Japanese company's first all-American vehicle, completely designed and manufactured in the good 'ol US of A. Toyota's Tundra: designed, built and marketed in the USA "The Asian automakers have cornered the market on vanilla," says Global Insight automotive analyst Rebecca Lindland. "Now they're adding the hot fudge chocolate with cherries on top, which is what they...