The long, divisive slog is over. As of April 1, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device mandate goes into full effect, requiring most commercial vehicles to have a compliant electronic logging device in the cab to track the driver’s hours of service.

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Among the many things that set hybrid and electric cars apart from conventional fuel sippers is their silence; aside from some eerie electronic whirring, many models glide stealthily down the street. Not for long, however. After years of delays, the U.S. Department of Transportation has finalized rules that require electric vehicles and hybrids to emit sounds to alert pedestrians of their approach.

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The electronic logging device mandate became effective in December, but law enforcement agencies have been observing a “soft enforcement” stance since then, with ELD violations written up as 395.22(a) violations with no CSA points or vehicles being placed out of service.

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The gee-whiz gadgets on new cars — the backup cameras, the large touchscreen controls, the blind-spot monitoring — make us all feel a little safer about navigating the roads.

But high-tech, advanced safety features come at a fairly steep price, so they’re driving up car insurance rates, too.

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