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Classic Cars May See Extensive Road Time Again, Thanks to New Proposed Bill

classic carsThe Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015, which was introduced during June in the House of Representatives by Rep. Mark Mullin (R-Okla), would allow the production of ready-to-drive classic cars by small companies. It would also allow them to skip over the currently cost-prohibitive tests for emissions and safety, which are required for all newly produced vehicles.

This bill, H.R. 2675, would allow registered companies to produce 500 cars each year that would have a Vehicle Identification Number, something that is assigned to kit cars. Kit cars are component kits that must be assembled by the buyer or a third party shop, according to current laws. This new law, however, would allow exceptions and provide designs licensed by the original manufacturers for cars that are at least 25 years old.

Officials predict that the law would allow for around 1,500 cars to be produced annually, making a very small impact on the automotive market and creating thousands of jobs. Previous attempts at laws like this did not specify classic cars and were stopped due to concerns from the major automotive producers in the US.

Benefits Already Known for Small Companies in Niche

Individuals that already have small companies focused on the creation of kit cars or specialized replicas are seeing big changes to their own companies and the niche as well. Potential to hire new employs and drastically increase profits were two potential benefits, as was the ability to develop new technologies thanks to the opportunity to build the classic car replicas.

Many people may be more than happy to support the change, as it will provide access to vehicles that are in high demand for car shows and for yorkton car dealerships. The bill would allow access to replicas of vehicles that may be out of the price range for some die-hard enthusiasts or simply not available due to a high rate of accident or wear on the original models.

Bill is Currently Stuck in Limbo

The bill is currently awaiting further action, having been referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Even if passed, it would take some time to go into effect and even longer for companies to adjust to meet the volume allowed by the bill, which is the sale of less than 5,000 cars worldwide during a fiscal year.

Car enthusiasts will have to wait for progress for the bill, in order to determine if they will get their dream of a replica of a specific car, crafted by a company created for the purpose of classic car replica production.

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Ford News: Shorter Summer for Several Plants, Trump Aims to Stop Plans for Mexican Plant

A frame shortage has made a big change for summer plans for Ford manufacturers: the summer break will be cut in half. Six assembly plants and 12 powertrain and stamping plants will have shorter shutdowns during July to make up for overtime shifts that were canceled earlier in the year. A manufacturer used for the truck frames had not been able to keep up with the demand, causing the shifts to be canceled.

F150 Plants to Step Up Production After Frame Shortage

ford manufacturingA plant in Kansas City and one in Dearborn where the F150 is made will only see one week of vacation, compared to the regular two weeks, as a result of this issue. The use of an aluminum body for the F150 for the 2015 model is only one reason the launch hit issues. It is being evaluated to determine the best route for future model launches.

Other plants that will see only one week of shutdown during the summer months are the Louisville, KY, plant that makes the Escape, the Kentucky Truck plant which makes the Expedition and the Lincoln Navigator, a plant in Ontario, Can., where the Edge is made and the plant in Chicago where the Explorer is made.

Trump Threatens Severe Penalties if Ford Goes Through with Mexican Plant

donald trump on autosDonald Trump has big news for Ford CEO Mark Fields – if a Mexican Plant for Ford is constructed, Trump threatens that every vehicle and part that crosses the border will require a 35-percent tax to be paid at the time of import.

Republican Presidential Candidate Trump says the proposed $2.5 million plant will take thousands of jobs away from the US. He said he would be in touch with the “head of Ford” to share the bad news.

Ford announced plans in April for a new engine plant and a new transmission plant in Mexico, adding 3,800 jobs to the more than 11,000 jobs already payrolled by Ford in the country. When asked about Trump’s statements, a Ford spokesperson noted that the company spends four-fifths of its annual North American investments in the United States and has created nearly 25,000 jobs in the US in the last four years.

The majority of US auto manufacturers already have plants in Mexico. As a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the tax laws already active in the US, it is difficult to say how Trump plans to enforce his threat. It would be highly illegal to subject one plant to such high taxes when others would not see the same expense.

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Truckers and the Road: Will Truckers Become Obsolete?

Daily, the roads across the nation are filled with tractor trailers, as goods, such as slush puppie for example, are transported to any number of facilities and retail locations. In fact, almost three-fourths of the goods used in the US annually are transported via truck. More than 3.5 million truck drivers are employed by 1.2 million trucking companies in the United States, according to

With increasing improvements to technology, starting with the fact tractor trailers are now available with automatic transmissions, something that was unheard of only a couple of decades ago, it is not impossible that someday in our future, tractor trailers will deliver goods without a driver to sign the paperwork.

Driverless Trucks Will Do More than Leave Truckers Unemployed

truckers on the roadThose who see this technology occurring sooner rather than later are concerned about the potential impact on smaller town economies. The trickledown effect of losing the business of the aforementioned 3.5 million truck drivers, who have to stop to eat, drink and sleep along the way, means the loss of jobs for millions of other individuals and the slow but steady domino effect of failing business. Of the lower 48 states, over half of those states have the primary employment listed as truck driver. That means a significant issue when that particular career path is eliminated.

Also, it is important to remember that truckers are the final faction of a manufacturing sector, earning middle class incomes based on a job that requires training and skill. Most of the other jobs that previously kept that class alive have been moved out of the US. The loss of this group of employers as well will be highly detrimental to the US economy.

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Still a Long Ways Off, or Is It?

Some believe this process will be long, complex and involve a lot of installation of new technology. That means money that trucking companies will probably be hesitant to spend until others have the technology well-established and the bugs all worked out. Still, it is a daunting prospect to consider, since the effects on the economy will be widespread.

However, officials for one of the nation’s biggest shipping lanes are already looking ahead to this potential future. The Ohio Turnpike Commission Director Randy Cole shared his personal belief that big shippers like FedEx may be the first to implement driverless trucks. Cole noted the technology will quickly spread beyond personal vehicles into the commercial freight venue. He shared this opinion with the Nordonia Chamber of Commerce recently.

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Could Positive Train Control Have Made a Difference for Amtrak?

As technology is introduced in various ways to all manner of transportation, from buses to cars that take steps closer and closer to drivers optional each year, it is logical that trains may make similar steps forward with technology. As it stands, there is a certain form of technology that could make a difference when it comes to engineer error and make a significant impact on the prevalence of derailments.

Technology Takes a Step Forward On the Rails

Positive train control is considered by some to be the next big step in train improvements. It is said it would override operator errors and begin slowing the train if an engineer is allowing excessive speed or misses a signal.

Officials like the former head of the Federal Railroad Administration speak well of the new technology, noting that despite its benefits the technology will not be implemented for years to come due to issues.

Installation Has Begun, But Not Quickly Enough

positive train controlPositive train control will require the installation of GPS sensors in order to communicate the train’s speed and potential obstacles. The sensors will know the speed on every stretch of rail, allowing the adjustments to be made as necessary, even if the engineer is not active at that time. Reports from Amtrak prior to the accident noted the technology has been added to 400 miles of track so far. This, obviously, did not include the stretch in Philadelphia where seven people were killed in mid-May due to excessive speed and derailment.

The report in April from Amtrak, published in their employee magazine, noted plans were moving forward for 1,200 miles of track that would complete the installation in the Northeast corridor. That would have included the track segment in Philadelphia.

The fact that this derailment is far from the only one to occur in recent years, and the fact that the technology is available, means investigation made by Dallas family lawyers will be top priority to determine why it was not installed in time to prevent this accident. With this type of heat on that investigation, it can be hoped that future derailments will be avoided as a result of the attention and the push to get the technology installed more quickly. With lives at stake, it only makes sense to work hard and invest wisely to make sure positive train control becomes the norm on every track, keeping train passengers safe.

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