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Proposed Federal Laws Could Negatively Impact California’s Eco-Friendly Laws

On August 02, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a notice of proposed rulemaking called the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026, Passenger Cars and Light Trucks (SAFE Vehicles Rule). This proposed rule is designed to reconfigure national automobile fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards by suspending previously established anti-pollution manufacturing restrictions for automobiles. While the SAFE Vehicles Rule hasn’t yet been ratified as official policy, if approved, it would ultimately deprive individual states of the prerogative to maintain tailpipe pollution standards which are stricter than the federal government’s – a scenario that would drastically impede nationwide eco-friendly auto-manufacturing.

Opponents of the SAFE Vehicles Rule argue that it is detrimental to the cause of environmental conservation. This is because the rule essentially absolves automakers of the obligation to produce fuel-efficient cars, thereby encouraging them instead to abandon eco-friendly engineering practices. For example, previous regulations direct automakers to amplify the fuel economy of passenger vehicles to an average of 54 miles per gallon by 2025. Under the SAFE Vehicles Rule, this objective to work towards improving fuel-efficiency will no longer be prioritized. The rule will also eliminate mandatory requirements that automakers dedicate resources to develop greener vehicles such as electric cars and hybrids.

If any of the changes proposed by the SAFE Vehicles Rule sound objectionable to you, there is still an opportunity to make a difference on the final version of this proposed regulation. Full-text of the rule itself is available on the EPA’s website, and the rule has also been tabled for public comment via (Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283). The EPA and NHTSA will hold joint public hearings on this rule in Washington D.C., Detroit, MI and Los Angeles, CA. Dates and locations for these hearings will be announced in supplemental Federal Register Documents by each of these agencies. If you care about breathing clean air and creating a safer environment for futu! re generations, take a stand and make your voice heard. We each have an important part to play when it comes to conserving our planet.

10 Official CA Vehicle Laws That Will Make You Scratch Your Head



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A wise person once said that “Common Sense is like deodorant. The people who need it the most never use it.” This may sound like a silly joke, but the sad truth is that it’s impossible to measure how much trouble people regularly get into, simply because they don’t have the logical skills to practice basic common sense. In fact, some argue that the main reason why society passes laws is to make it easier for people in general to make commons sense decisions… there’s only one problem though. What happens when lawmakers themselves have a brain fart and lose their common sense when passing laws? The answer’s simple. You get a bunch of rules that are impossible to break, and hilarious to read every time. Check out a few of California’s most bizarre traffic laws:

1. It’s a misdemeanor to fire a gun at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.

2. If you live in Downey, CA, don’t wash your car if it’s parked on a street unless you’re ready to pay a huge fine.

3. It’s against the law in Walnut, CA to place rocks or sand on a driveway.

4. Vehicles are the only thing you’re allowed to store in garages if you live at Long Beach.

5. It’s illegal in San Francisco to wipe a car with used underwear. Because… why not?

6. No vehicle without a driver behind the wheel can exceed speeds of 60 mph (although this one might not be all that weird considering the progress being made with autonomous vehicles).

7. It’s illegal in Los Angeles for a person to wash their neighbor’s car without permission.

8. If you’re a woman, don’t even think about operating a vehicle in your PJs. California law forbids women from wearing house coats while driving.

9. Arcadia, CA allows peacocks to have the right of way on all streets and driveways, at all times.

10. You need a special permit to park your car overnight on the street in Alhambra, CA.

Rules don’t always make sense. However, there is one common sense rule that every driver should definitely see some value in. That is, no driver should ever own or operate a vehicle without ensuring they have auto insurance to protect themselves. For more information, visit any of our offices or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you practice safe driving. We got you covered!