Up until now, Connecticut has been one of the states where direct car sales are considered illegal, just like Texas, Michigan and New Jersey, which explicitly ban automakers from selling vehicles directly to consumers. But, this could change soon, if a bill that proposes legalizing the direct sales model, is approved.
The idea of allowing automakers, such as Tesla Motors, to have their own retail stores and selling their vehicles without having to distribute them through franchised dealerships, was introduced by Republican State Senator Art Linares, who had to go to New York to purchase a Model S, since there are no Tesla stores in Connecticut. At the moment, Tesla only operates one service center in the state, along with a few Supercharger stations.
Understandably, auto dealerships in Connecticut are opposing this bill. The state's dealership lobby is pushing for a ban on direct car sales, arguing that allowing this type of sales model would only hurt car buyers. more »
Rhode Island is set to become the latest state to grant driving privileges to undocumented immigrants. California started issuing driver's licenses to residents who can not prove their legal presence in the country on January 1, and now Rhode Island is considering introducing a similar measure.
Senator Frank A. Ciccone has proposed a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to apply for a driver's license at the Rhode Island DMV, without having to provide an identification document, such as a Social Security Number. If the bill passes, the DMV will accept foreign birth certificates as a valid proof of identity, so that individuals living in Rhode Island illegally can obtain a driver's license.
Illegal immigrants will not be able to use these licenses for purposes other than driving. This means that undocumented immigrants in Rhode Island will not be allowed to use their licenses to vote or gain access to various state benefits. If this proposal is approved, the new more »
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles announced that its mobile unit will go to Bowling Green next week. The “DMV2Go” will be there from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 20, allowing motorists to take care of various DMV-related business.
Services offered by this mobile office include requesting a copy of your driving record, ordering disabled-parking placards and plates, applying for a driver's license renewal, obtaining license plates and titles, as well as taking written knowledge tests.more »
Wisconsin's Department of Motor Vehicles has started offering a new online service that is aimed at catering to various needs of commercial drivers. With the “Driver's License Guide” service, drivers can check their license status over the Internet, in order to see whether their license has been suspended or revoked, while employers can see what types of endorsements a prospective employee applying for a commercial driving job has on their CDL.
In addition to this, driver's who want to apply for a commercial driver's license can use this service to get customized information about the requirements they have to meet in order to obtain a CDL.
“Paperwork for commercial drivers can get extensive. All their driving-related information is now accessible to them anytime from anywhere. Commercial drivers can check their Federal Medical (Fed Med) requirements and upload their new Fed Med card, check their Tier of Operation, view endorsements. They can even take a practice more »
Tesla Motors is putting a lot of effort into expanding the supporting infrastructure for electric vehicles, installing charging stations across the U.S., but mostly along the West Coast, where plug-in cars are much more common than in other parts of the country. However, Elon Musk's company has decided to expand the charging station network towards the South, opening two Supercharger Stations in the state of Louisiana in the first two weeks of 2015.
The electric-car maker launched the first Supercharger in Louisiana at the beginning of the year in Lake Charles, and this week, it is set to open a second one, which will be located in Baton Rouge, behind the Acadian Village shopping center near Interstate 10. According to the Louisiana DMV, there are about 100 Model S owners in the state at the moment, so by opening these stations, Tesla is responding to the increased popularity of its car there.
Model S owners can recharge their cars for free at one of these more »
In October 2013, the Assembly Bill 60 was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown, allowing undocumented immigrants living in the state to apply for a driver's license, which they had not been allowed to do since 1993. The law went into effect on January 1, 2015, and as expected, it boosted demand for driver's licenses drastically.
The state DMV announced that impact of Assembly Bill 60 was immediately felt, with over 46,000 illegal immigrants applying for a driver's license in the first three days after the law became effective. According to the DMV, 970 applicants already obtained their licenses, after passing the necessary written knowledge and road tests, and submitting the required documents, which include a proof of California residency and a proof of identity.
Applicants are allowed to decide whether they want to take the tests in English or in Spanish. 54% of those who took it in English passed the test, compared to 36% for Spanish tests. The more »
California's Department of Motor Vehicles announced that it will open a new test center for commercial drivers in Fontana next week. As of Monday, January 12, commercial driver's license tests will be conducted at the new facility, located at 10207 Poplar Avenue, which includes over 7,000 square feet of office space.
This means that the center where commercial drivers have been tested up until now, located at 930 S. Arrowhead Avenue in San Bernardino, will be closed. The DMV said that the new center will receive LEED New Construction Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.more »
Nevada's Department of Motor Vehicles has released a new specialty license plate that is aimed at increasing motorists' awareness of the safety of other road users. The plate will feature a “Share the Road” message, along with images of a bicycle and a pedestrian.
It will cost $61 to purchase one of these plates, and $30 to renew it. A significant portion of these fees will go toward supporting safety campaigns run by the Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board.
“This license plate will not only bring awareness of how important it is for us all to share the road, it will also help fund safe bicycle and walking programs and projects,” Nevada Transportation Department Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager Bill Story said.more »
Starting January 2, Indiana residents who own a motor-powered scooter will have to register their vehicles with the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The BMW requires a registration fee to be paid before riders can use their mopeds on public roads, which is set at $26.35. The registration will have to be renewed once a year.
The new rules apply to scooters powered by engines 50 cc or less, which will have to carry valid license plates. Owners will be required to pass a street sign test, and hold a state of Indiana identification card, whereas insurance will not be necessary. Anyone aged 15 and over will be eligible to ride a moped scooter.more »
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has changed the licensing rules for senior drivers, in an effort to improve senior driver safety. The new rules will take effect on January 1st, 2015, and will reduce the interval between driver's license renewals.
As of January first, drivers age 75 and older will have to renew their licenses every five years, and they will have to do it in person at the DMV, where they will have to pass a vision test, as well. Before the new rules were approved, drivers age 80 and older had to renew their licenses every eight years.more »