No more problems for me here in NJ on one of my cars, a Mercedes
Any diesels built before 1994 no longer have to go for inspection,
where you get the windshield inspection sticker. They only check
and emissions via the onboard computer on any cars they inspect now,
AFAIK. So, with no computer emissions to read out on those cars, they
decided to just not bother anymore. And NJ did away with
plate stickers long ago for all cars. So, no more stickers for me!
time I'm in with my other car I have to ask them if you're supposed
just leave the last sticker in the windshield or remove it.
the feds want mandatory GPS imbeded on all new vehicles.
the vehicle would monitor the driver and report in by cell phone all
infractions. things like wreckless driving speeding etc. vehicle would
look for signs of being driven by a DUI and call for police assistance
tampering with the system would shut down the vehicle completely.
police could send out a slow down signal to all vehicles in area of a
Old news combined with usual internet urban legend and fear mongering.
Likely based in the already well underway effort to add data recorders
to all new cars, and use the data from them for accident analysis. Some
people don't like that, so there were discussions about if a warrant
would be required to get the data. For cars with onstar or similar
systems, the car already phones for help when certain things happen. I
don't think there is enough headroom in cell system for all cars to
report position constantly, even on a burst message basis. And a lot of
country isn't covered by cell towers.
Sure, the technology to do all the various things already exists. LoJack
can track and remote kill a car, OnStar can report location, etc, etc.
It would not be a great leap to link all this stuff and tie it to the
onboard computer and data recorder. And once all the old cars were off
the road, it could eliminate most police chases- cop on scene could
remotely read car's ID, transmit it uphill, and Big Brother in the cloud
could just issue a command for the car to choke off fuel supply.
Science fiction described such systems 50 years ago (although those cars
could usually fly), but it hasn't happened yet. I hope it never does,
for cost, additional failure mode, and constitutional reasons.
They obviously don't pay taxes on the motor fuels. They
would be subject to state taxes/fees like registration fee,
that may go towards roads or tolls, etc. However those would be small
in most cases compared to the fuel tax.
Sure, it *can* be done. The point is that it *ISN'T. The gas tax is a very
simple use tax, though. It'll be hard to beat. There would be a revolution
if people were charged thousands of dollars per year to register their cars.
It's not as simple as the leftists propose.
On Sat, 05 Nov 2011 11:15:21 -0500, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
Right now, it is a benefit of going electric, but states are
considering methods of taxation. One method is to report miles every
year. If thee is a state inspection of any sort, that is not hard to
Right now they do in most states. It's kind of interesting, because many states
have aggressive enforcement looking for people using farm diesel or #2 boiler
fuel in diesel trucks to avoid road fuel taxes. That was also an issue with
They won't get anywhere with a lawsuit. The feds or state govt just
to say that they are encouraging use of electric vehicles by not
them to the equivalent of a fuels tax. If they can give you a $12,000
credit for buying one, they surely don't have to put a road tax on it
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