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NMA E-Newsletter #306: The Public Records Request

Posted on November 23rd, 2014 in , , , , , , , | Comments Off
One of the most effective ways for a NMA member to go on the offensive is to issue a public records request. Governmental transparency is a wonderful concept but it remains just a concept unless the citizenry actively exercises the ...

NMA E-Newsletter: #305: T’row de Bum(s) Out!

Posted on November 16th, 2014 in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
By Gary Biller, NMA President Popular lore has it that the phrase “throw the bums out” originated during the 1941 World Series when the New York Yankees faced off against the Brooklyn Dodgers. A man supposedly walked into a bar—stop us ...

NMA E-Newsletter: #304: Wiping Out While Riding the Wave of “Smart Growth”

Posted on November 9th, 2014 in , , , , , | Comments Off
Editor’s Note: In a recent e-newsletter we discussed how planners want to remake the urban landscape to discourage automobile travel. But as often happens with such schemes, the law of unintended consequences comes to bear. This is what happened in ...

NMA E-Newsletter #303: Masking an Agenda

Posted on November 2nd, 2014 in , , , , , , | Comments Off
We admit it. We are cynics when it comes to AAA’s motives. Exhibit A: #288, A Horse of a Different Color which we issued shortly after AAA Idaho publicly pressured the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) to hold off from raising ...

NMA E-Newsletter #302: The NMA Weighs In on Federal V2V Proposal

Posted on October 26th, 2014 in , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
In a September e-newsletter we discussed how the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was soliciting public comments about its proposal to create a national standard to require Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications capability on all passenger cars and light trucks. NMA ...

NMA E-Newsletter #301: Caution! This is a Completely Hypothetical Exercise that could become Reality.

Posted on October 19th, 2014 in , , , , , , , | Comments Off
The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board (ARB) recently put on a presentation titled “The Science behind Sustainable Communities Strategies.” The stated goal was to provide “an objective review of the empirical evidence on how effective various transportation and ...

NMA E-Newsletter #300: “It Only Takes One …”

Posted on October 12th, 2014 in , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
We all expect a certain level of hypocrisy in politics, but some examples are just so flagrant, we can’t ignore them. Such is the case of Sara Shaw, a city commissioner in Kissimmee, Florida. In August, a Florida Highway Patrol officer ...

NMA E-Newsletter #299: When it Comes to Privacy, You Get What’s Coming to You

Posted on October 5th, 2014 in , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
The phrase “reasonable expectation of privacy” pops up a lot when discussing issues related to motorists and privacy. But what does it mean, and how does it apply to the daily business of driving? A reasonable expectation of privacy exists if ...

NMA E-Newsletter #298: Time to Raise Motorists’ Issues with Elected Officials

Posted on September 28th, 2014 in , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
For better or worse, election season is upon us. That means it’s the perfect time to find out where your elected officials stand on a variety of motorists’ rights issues. Your local, state and federal representatives all have an obligation to ...

NMA E-Newsletter #297: V2V—Technology Marches Forward

Posted on September 21st, 2014 in , , , , , , | Comments Off
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a vision for vehicle-to-vehicle communications and the role the technology will play in highway safety. In addition to issuing a lengthy report on the topic last month (DOT HS 812 014, Vehicle-to-Vehicle ...




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