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Wed, 2/25/2015 - 1:24 pm - Paul Westbrook

New York city has been struggling with congestion for a very long time, in large part due to the fact that the majority of its roads are pretty old and in a very poor condition as well as the inefficient public transit system. The city's infrastructure has been long overdue for an overhaul, but it's an expensive venture, and authorities have been having trouble getting the funding that is necessary for fixing New York's roads and improving mass transit. Recently, a new plan was proposed that could help solve these issues, ensuring more funds that would go towards investment in public transport and infrastructure.

The Move NY coalition involves imposing higher toll rates for drivers entering downtown Manhattan, while at the same time lowering tolls on bridges outside Manhattan. Under the proposed plan, drivers that want to enter Manhattan's central business district over a tunnel or a bridge would have to pay a total of $8, or $5.54 if they have an E-ZPass. These tolls would more »

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Wed, 2/25/2015 - 1:18 pm - Jeremy Pool

Although DMV websites play an important role in meeting drivers' needs, some of them are quite flawed and fail to provide the content and the services that motorists are looking for. has ranked all state DMV website and found that a few of them don't meet the criteria for a quality website and don't fulfill their purpose entirely.

On's 2015 State DMV Website Rankings, there are websites that received some pretty poor grades in the four main categories that were taken into consideration: design, usability, services, and website content, and they were put on the list of 10 worst websites.

The list is headed by Montana's state DMV website, which received a total of 53 points in all categories. It continues with Mississippi at number 43 with 53 more »

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Wed, 2/25/2015 - 1:11 pm - Paul Westbrook

For a very long time, California has been the only state that tolerates lane splitting for motorcycle riders. Although there is no law in California that prohibits this practice, which a lot of drivers found to be annoying, it has never been explicitly allowed, which same state lawmakers are looking to change now.

A bill proposed by Assemblymember Bill Quirk calls for legalization of lane-splitting, in order to help eliminate any confusion law enforcement officers might be faced with because of the fact that this practice is not officially regulated. Under the proposed bill, lane-splitting would be allowed if traffic is moving at no more than 30 mph, and if motorcycle riders are moving at no more than 10 mph faster than surrounding traffic.

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Mon, 2/23/2015 - 12:02 pm - Jeremy Pool

Failure to provide a good user experience, mostly due to the lack of logical menus and a clear navigation system, paired with a design that does not work well on mobile devices and tablets, resulted in relatively poor scores for the websites ranked 31st to 41st on's 2015 State DMV Website Rankings.

Most of the websites on the Top 31-41 State DMV Websites in America are not mobile responsive, they don't offer the most important DMV services online, and they don't allow users to make online appointments for services that require motorists to visit the DMV in person. Furthermore, the content on these websites does not provide enough information for the most important DMV services, which prevented them from earning a spot in the top ten list.

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Thu, 2/19/2015 - 12:56 pm - Paul Westbrook

The California Board of Equalization is considering a proposal for increasing the per-gallon excise tax for diesel-powered vehicles from the current 11 cents to 13 cents. According to the California DMV, there are 1.1 million diesel vehicles currently registered in the state, representing 4 percent of all vehicles.

At the moment, California residents that own diesel-powered vehicles pay a total of 65 cents per gallon in local, state and federal taxes, which is significantly more than the national average of about 54 cents.

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Wed, 2/18/2015 - 12:50 pm - Jeremy Pool

In order to determine whether all state DMV websites are user friendly, offer quality content, and offer enough services, has graded all of them, evaluating the content, usability, online services, and design. The 2015 State DMV Website Rankings provide a closer look at the grades all websites received in each category, and this time, we break down the 21-30 list.

The Top 21-30 State DMV Websites in America list starts with Rhode Island, getting 71 points, with Ohio (70), Florida (70), Tennessee (69), Alaska (69), Texas (68), West Virginia (65), Maine (65), Alabama (65), and South Dakota (63), coming in at places 22 through 30.

Providing a better user experience by improving mobile responsiveness should be top priority for these websites, given that most of them received poor more »

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Wed, 2/18/2015 - 12:37 pm - Paul Westbrook

Ever since the law allowing illegal immigrants in California to apply for driver's licenses came into effect on January 2, the state's Department of Motor Vehicles has been facing significantly increased number of applications and transactions, which has resulted in larger crowds and longer lines in local offices across the state.

That's why the DMV has decided to expand the number of appointments, in order to try to cut wait times and reduce the crowds at local offices. The DMV announced that it will increase the number of appointments on Saturdays in 60 offices across the state.

According to the DMV, in the first month after the new law became effective, it issued a total of 79,000 driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, and it expects to receive about 1.4 million new applications from residents who don't have proof of legal presence in the country over the next three years.

In addition to expanding Saturday appointments, the DMV has already hired an more »

Driver's Licenses California News
Tue, 2/17/2015 - 8:20 am - Jeremy Pool has ranked all state DMV websites in an attempt to outline their strengths and weaknesses, and after releasing the Top Ten State DMV Websites in America list, which was topped by Washington's DMV, now we take a look at positions 11 through 20.

The 11 to 20 State DMV Website Rankings start with Nevada's DMV website at number 11, with 82 points, outscoring the likes of North Carolina, which scored 81 points, Nebraska (81), District of Columbia (81), Georgia (79), Michigan (78), Delaware (77), Colorado (76), Utah(75), and Vermont, which was ranked the 20th best website in the country, gathering 73 points.

Based on the scores each state DMV website received, it is safe to say that the DMVs on this list could improve (and potentially jump into the top 10) by increasing the accessibility to online services, along with minor improvements to the usability of their websites. These categories play a significant role in ensuring a better user experience altogether. more »

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Mon, 2/16/2015 - 12:21 pm - Paul Westbrook

Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Encino) has proposed a bill that would mandate the California Department of Motor Vehicles to issue digital driver's licenses in addition to physical copies. The Assembly Bill 221 proposes development of a smartphone application which would provide California residents with a digital copy of their driver's licenses or ID cars, expected to offer better protection of an individual's personal information than traditional licenses.

If the bill passes, drivers would have to obtain a secure personal identification number in order to be able to use the app, but they will also be allowed to continue using their plastic licenses if they want to.

“People use their smart phones every day to read the news, shop online and check their bank accounts,” said Dababneh. “I think using a tool that people are familiar with, like a mobile application, to store their primary means of identification will be a useful option for Californians.”

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Mon, 2/16/2015 - 12:19 pm - Paul Westbrook

The Ohio Department of Public Safety has proposed new, tougher measures to tackle distracted driving and prevent this risky driving behavior. The DPS wants to impose fines for distracted driving, add new restrictions for novice drivers, and require new adult drivers to complete a driver's ed course.

If lawmakers approve these proposals, those convicted of distracted driving would have to pay a fine, and the DPS will use that money to pay for driver's ed course for those who can not afford it. Furthermore, first-time drivers age 18 and older would have to go through a 6-hour advanced training course before they can obtain a driver's license, and drivers age 18 or under will be subject to new license restrictions. The Ohio DPS said that the proposed measures are aimed at protecting driver safety.

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