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Arizona Senate approves bill regulating ridesharing services like Uber opposed by taxi firms

PHOENIX - Calling Uber a cutting-edge concept, the Arizona Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that exempts it and other rideshare companies from the same regulations that traditional taxi and limo companies have. The amended bill exempts rideshare companies from the commercial insurance requirement that affects traditional taxi, limo and livery companies by not requiring that drivers be insured at all times on the job. It also would not require that rideshare drivers be drug tested. It would require that Uber insure its drivers with $1 million policies.

Ontario to regulate tow trucks, require posted rates, customer permission to tow

TORONTO - Provincial regulation of Ontario's tow truck and vehicle storage industry will better protect consumers from being ripped off by unscrupulous operators and help reduce insurance fraud, Consumer Services Minister Tracy MacCharles said Tuesday. "Some people have reported being faced with demands for hundreds of dollars in cash at the scene of an accident before the service was even provided," said MacCharles.

Ontario to regulate tow trucks, require posted rates, customer permission to tow

TORONTO - Provincial regulation of Ontario's tow truck and vehicle storage industry will better protect consumers from being ripped off by unscrupulous operators and help reduce insurance fraud, Consumer Services Minister Tracy MacCharles said Tuesday. "Some people have reported being faced with demands for hundreds of dollars in cash at the scene of an accident before the service was even provided," said MacCharles.

Hyundai Motor launches i30 D-Spec in home market

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's largest carmaker, said Tuesday it has launched a more powerful version of its popular i30 hatchback in its home market. The new model called the D-Spec replaces the conventional 1.6-liter gasoline direct injection (GDi) with a stronger 2-liter Nu motor, which is good for 172 horsepower and 21 kilogram-force meter of torque. The stronger GDi engine has 23 percent more horsepower and 24 percent more twist than the regular version of the compact family car.

Angry bikers take to the streets to protest lower speed limit

Thousands of "angry bikers" took to the streets across France on Saturday to protest against government plans to slash the speed limit on non-motorway roads. The French Federation of Angry Bikers (FFCM) said "tens of thousands" of motorcyclists donned their leathers to object to proposals to cut the speed limit on secondary roads from 90 km per hour to 80 km per hour. "It's not speed that kills on the roads, it's the way people behave," Jean-Marc Belotti, the president of the organisation's Paris branch said.

Traffic-fine loot helps fund state-of-art emergency vehicle in Saanich, B.C.

VICTORIA - Loot collected from traffic fines imposed on speeding motorists has helped pay for a state-of-the-art, emergency-command vehicle for the District of Saanich. The shiny, new emergency-command vehicle that resembles a luxury motorhome was on display at the legislature, complete with flashing lights. Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard cheered on the government's traffic-fine, revenue-sharing program that raised $750,000 of the $970,000 to purchase the vehicle.

Toyota to recall 6.39 mil. vehicles globally

Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it is recalling a total of 6.39 million vehicles involving 27 model types globally due to a wide range of problems related to seats and electrical systems. The recall of models including the Yaris subcompact, called the Vitz in Japan, and RAV4 sport utility vehicle in Japan, the United States, Europe, China and other markets marks the second-largest for the Japanese automaker following a recall of 7.43 million vehicles in 2012, according to Toyota.

Highway fences cut moose-car crashes, wildlife expert tells court in lawsuit

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Other jurisdictions cut moose-vehicle crashes with highway fencing but Newfoundland and Labrador urged drivers to slow down, a wildlife expert testified Tuesday in a class-action lawsuit against the province. In Quebec, Alaska and Sweden, fencing "has been effectively keeping moose off the highway and has been effective in reducing moose-vehicle collisions," Tony Clevenger told provincial Supreme Court.

British car sales at highest for a decade: trade data

New car sales in Britain rallied in March to the highest total for a decade, industry data showed on Friday. Sales jumped 17.7 percent last month to 464,824 vehicles compared with data for March 2013, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said in a statement. That was the highest monthly figure since March 2004. "New car registrations surged 17.7 percent in March ... a surprisingly strong level of growth and a reflection of intensifying consumer confidence and the availability of great new products," said SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes.

NHTSA issues final ruling that requires rearview technology in new vehicles by 2018

WASHINGTON - Years late, the Transportation Department issued a rule Monday that will require rearview technology in all new cars and many light trucks — an effort to reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by backup accidents. The final rule issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will require all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds and built beginning May 1, 2018, to meet the new rear-visibility standards. The rule includes buses and trucks; motorcycles and trailers are exempt.
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