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— Florida lawmakers want financial assistance for cruise lines, which were left out of the latest coronavirus stimulus package that President Donald Trump signed last week.

— Trump’s rollback of fuel efficiency standards is expected to be unveiled today, undoing one of his predecessor’s most significant achievements on climate change but providing little certainty to an industry he promised to help.

— Ford and GE said they’ll make 50,000 ventilators in the next 100 days as the White House pushes automakers to up their efforts.

IT’S TUESDAY: Thanks for tuning in to POLITICO’s Morning Transportation, your daily tipsheet on all things trains, planes, automobiles and ports. Get in touch with tips and feedback at [email protected] or @samjmintz.

“It’s hard to let the miles pass me by / Yellow lines they blend together in my eyes.”

LISTEN HERE: Follow MT’s playlist on Spotify. What better way to start your day than with songs (picked by us and readers) about roads, railways, rivers and runways?

FLORIDA’S ELECTEDS PUSH FOR CRUISE HELP: A number of Florida lawmakers are pushing for financial assistance for cruise lines in the next economic stimulus legislation, after the last package kept them out, our Tanya Snyder reports. “We strongly oppose any efforts that would unfairly target or hurt this important industry and urge you to provide the same level of support to the workers in this industry that is being provided to every other American worker,” wrote 15 lawmakers, led by Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), in a letter to congressional leaders.

Even if the cruise industry agrees to make changes (like incorporating in the U.S. where they’d be subject to taxes and oversight) and Democrats concede to helping them, a fourth coronavirus bill could still be a long way off. “Congress is now considering staying away from Washington for a month or more as the coronavirus makes even the routine act of legislating a dangerous risk for new transmissions,” POLITICO’s Congress team reports.

Sign up for POLITICO Nightly: Coronavirus Special Edition, your daily update on how the illness is affecting politics, markets, public health and more.

FUEL EFFICIENCY STANDARDS ROLLBACK COMING TODAY: The Trump administration today is expected to release its final plan to weaken vehicle fuel economy targets ahead of an April 1 deadline, Pro Energy’s Alex Guillén and Zack Coleman report this morning.

The joint National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-EPA proposal will replace the Obama administration’s safety and tailpipe emissions standards for vehicles through 2026. As Zack reported last week, the final proposal will direct automakers to improve fuel efficiency by 1.5 percent


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NEW Georgia DRIVES e-Services Available Online

With the launch of Georgia DRIVES, we have expanded our online motor vehicle service offerings. You can now:

> Renew Vehicle Registration
   Renew your title registration online.

> Title Registration Pre-Application
Pre-apply for a title registration online.

> Title Status Lookup
Check the status of your title online.

> Online Tag Renewal Notifications
Go paperless when you sign up for email tag renewal notifications. Sign up and receive an email when your vehicle is up for renewal instead of a mailed notification.

> Other Services Available Online:
Replace Registration
Cancel Registration
Change Address
Insurance Fine Payments
Rental Car Registration & Renewal
Leasing Company Registration & Renewal
Start a Dealer Registration (Pre-apply online)
Dealer Renewal
Salvage and Assembled Vehicle (SAVI) Inspections

For a full list of e-Services, visit or contact us at [email protected]



MVD Self-service tag kiosks

Save time and renew your tag in as little as 60 seconds by visiting one of our self-service tag kiosks throughout Cobb County. Just be sure you meet the following vehicle tag renewal requirements before visiting a kiosk:

> Your vehicle(s) must be registered in a participating county.

> You must have a valid Georgia State driver’s license.

> Your address must be correct on your renewal notice.

> You must have proof of liability insurance on file (if applicable).

You must have a Vehicle Emission Inspection on file (if applicable).



Special Motor Vehicle Policies for COVID-19 Relief 

Per the Georgia Department of Revenue, vehicle registrations that expire between March 16, 2020 and May 14, 2020 are being extended through May 15, 2020. Visit our Motor Vehicle News page for more on extension deadlines. View GA DOR press release and bulletins for full details.

Law Enforcement Bulletin

   Motor Vehicle Extensions Through May 15, 2020

TOPs Bulletin

   Extension of TOPs Through May 15, 2020

Expired Decal Bulletin

   Extension of Motor Vehicle Registrations Through May 15, 2020

Private Sales Bulletin

   Extension of Private Sales Exemption Through May 15, 2020

IRP/IFTA Bulletin

   Waiver from IRP and IFTA Requirements Through May 16, 2020



Our Motor Vehicle Division bills, collects, and distributes ad valorem property taxes for:

  • Motor vehicles

  • Trailers

  • Motor homes

  • Motorcycles/scooters

  • Tractor trailers under IRP

In addition, this division operates as a tag agent on behalf of the Georgia Department of Revenue.  As such, they enforce state and local laws regarding vehicle registration requirements, insurance, emissions and mobile home ownership.  This includes collecting fees associated with those regulations.

Revenue is distributed to all taxing authorities on a weekly basis.  Taxes are collected not only for the county, Department of Revenue and Board of Education, but for all six cities in Cobb County.


The automotive industry is experiencing a period of massive change towards the “Automotive Endgame” driven by major disruptive trends, which we summarize as “5 RACES”:

  • Real customer focus: Automotive and mobility leaders will put the customer and her needs at the center of their business and provide customer-centric propositions and processes on the same level as leading technology players do today. This is nothing short of a fundamental cultural change for the traditionally engineering- and product-oriented automotive industry.
  • Autonomous driving will form the foundation for completely new mobility solutions in urban mobility with self-driving robo-cabs over the next few years. In addition, autonomous driving will become available as an option in Premium and Luxury vehicles.
  • Connectivity/Digitalization: All cars will be connected to the internet and essentially become digitally enabled devices on wheels. Increasing connectivity and digitalization will lead to new service offerings, but also impact the multi-channel customer journey.
  • Electric powertrains will grow steeply to meet emission standards; once price parity is reached, customer-driven momentum will push this trend further.
  • Shared mobility services will result in new solutions for urban mobility. 

All traditional manufacturers and suppliers will need to develop their own answers and strategies to cope with the 5 RACES and to be well set up for the “Automotive Endgame”. Each of the RACES will require massive investments and the development of often new capabilities, including software. Given the magnitude of the challenge, we believe that no player will be able to implement proprietary solutions for all 5 RACES without strong partnerships.

The speed and trajectory for each of these trends will depend on many factors. Adoption of electric vehicles, for instance, depends heavily on regulations at the national and even city level, further cost reductions for batteries and cells, the availability of competitive products including range and charging time, the availability of charging infrastructure in cities and highways, and more. We have built and are continually refining our proprietary data models for the 5 RACES, which are scenario-based and forecast the tipping points in the adoption S-Curves under specific premises.

The 5 RACES will have a massive impact on profit pools over the next decade and beyond. In some key urban areas mobility will likely be revolutionized by shared electric self-driving robo-cabs. As major trends such as autonomous driving and new mobility services allow for platform economics, the early movers—at least, those who make the right moves—may have an opportunity to build highly profitable and prohibitive business models. In contrast, companies who take a wait-and-see approach may either miss the chance to participate in certain profit pools or be forced to make huge investments to catch up.

Leading OEMs and suppliers will:

  • Pick their battles and drive for leadership position in selected RACES. This will often require substantial investments in M&A and certain capabilities that are often outside of traditional automotive strongholds. It will be critical for these companies to provide a differentiated omni-channel customer interface, bringing brand values to life and establishing a unique


Most car dealers who sell used vehicles must comply with the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) Used Car Rule. In fact, car dealers who sell, or offer for sale, more than five used vehicles in a 12-month period must comply with the Rule. Banks and financial institutions are exempt from the Rule, as are businesses that sell vehicles to their employees, and lessors who sell a leased vehicle to a lessee, an employee of the lessee, or a buyer found by the lessee.

The Used Car Rule applies in all states except Maine and Wisconsin. These two states are exempt because they have similar regulations that require dealers to post disclosures on used vehicles. The Rule applies in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.

This booklet defines the Rule’s requirements, explains how to prepare and display the Buyers Guide, and offers a compliance checklist.

You must post a Buyers Guide before you display a vehicle for sale or let a customer inspect it for the purpose of buying it, even if the car is not fully prepared for delivery. You also must display a Buyers Guide on used vehicles for sale on your lot through consignment, power of attorney, or other agreement. At public auctions, dealers and the auction company must comply. The Rule does not apply at auctions that are closed to consumers.

Previously titled or not, any vehicle driven for purposes other than moving or test driving is considered a used vehicle, including light-duty vans, light-duty trucks, demonstrators, and program cars that meet the following specifications:

  • a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of less than 8,500 pounds;
  • a curb weight of less than 6,000 pounds; and
  • a frontal area of less than 46 square feet.

Exceptions to the Rule are:

  • motorcycles;
  • any vehicle sold for scrap or parts if the dealer submits title documents to the appropriate state authority and obtains a salvage certification; and
  • agricultural equipment.

The Buyers Guide

A disclosure document that gives consumers important purchasing and warranty information, the Buyers Guide tells consumers:

  • the major mechanical and electrical systems on the car, as well as some of the major problems that consumers should look out for;
  • whether the vehicle is being sold “as is” or with a warranty;
  • what percentage of the repair costs a dealer will pay under warranty;
  • that oral promises are difficult to enforce;
  • to get all promises in writing;
  • to ask to have the car inspected by an independent mechanic before they buy;
  • to get a vehicle history report and to visit for information on how to get a vehicle history report, how to check for safety recalls, and other topics; and
  • to ask for a Spanish Buyers Guide if the sale is conducted in Spanish; and
  • to keep the Buyers Guide for reference after the sale.

If you conduct a used car transaction in Spanish, you must post a Spanish language Buyers Guide on the vehicle before you display or offer


What’s a VIN Number (Vehicle Identification Number)?

How many characters: 17 (digits and capital letters)
Where to find: Dashboard on the driver’s side
First digit stands for: Country of manufacturer

A vehicle identification number (VIN) is a unique code that is assigned to every motor vehicle when it’s manufactured. The VIN is a 17-character string of letters and numbers without intervening spaces or the letters Q (q), I (i), and O (o); these are omitted to avoid confusion with the numerals 0 and 1. Each section of the VIN provides a specific piece of information about the vehicle, including the year, country, and factory of manufacture; the make and model; and the serial number. VINs are usually printed in a single line.

How to Find VIN Number

How to Find the Vehicle’s VIN Number

On most passenger cars, you may find the VIN number on the front of the dashboard on the driver’s side. The best way to see it is to look through the windshield from outside the car. You may also find the VIN number on the driver’s side door pillar. Open the door and look around the area where the door latches to the car. A motorcycle’s VIN is usually on the steering neck below the handlebars, although sometimes it’s on the motor or on the frame near the motor. A semitrailer’s VIN is located on the front part of the semitrailer on the left side.

If you can’t find the VIN number on the vehicle, you should also be able to locate it on your vehicle’s title or liability insurance documents.

How to Use the VIN Decoder to Do a VIN Number Check

Enter your vehicle’s 17-character Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in the field above to look up and receive an instant report on its manufacturer, brand, make and model, body style, engine size, assembly plant, and model year. The information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safetly Administration (NHTSA) from the data submitted by the manufacturers to NHTSA. The VIN Decoder lookup is intended for use with vehicles manufactured since 1981. If your vehicle was made before 1981, the VIN will most likely contain 11 characters.

How to Decode the Vehicle Identification Number

Wondering what all the characters in your vehicle’s VIN stand for?

How to decode a Vehicle Identification (VIN) number

Why the VIN Is Important

There are situations in which you will want to check a vehicle’s VIN, since many data registries use it to record details of the vehicle’s history. If you’re interested in buying a used car, you can do a VIN lookup to get the vehicle history report and find records of its previous owners, accidents, and repairs. You can also find out if the manufacturer had ever issued a recall of the vehicle and whether those repairs were made. Finally, law enforcement agencies do a VIN check to identify vehicles that have been stolen.

Model Year Character Codes

Code Year Code Year Code Year Code Year

Transportation services from SGS – a comprehensive range of services, helping the transportation industry to ensure safety, quality, reliability and compliance.

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Bicycle Belle 2 min read



Please call the shop at 617-661-0969 to schedule an appointment.

Bicycle Belle was founded on the idea that bicycles are the best way to get around the city.  There are many recreational bike shops out there, but most sell bikes that aren’t suitable for short urban trips or carrying cargo.

We sell city bicycles that are set up for everyday life–with chainguards and fenders to keep your clothes clean, racks to carry your stuff, lights for showing you the way, and kickstands for when you stop to smell the roses.  We also carry cargo bicycles for when you need to carry people, or more than just a pannier load.  We stock a variety of accessories to make bicycling more comfortable and convenient–with a dash of style.

We opened our doors in the summer of 2013 and are excited to keep pedaling forward. Come visit us in person!

About the shop:

Owner Carice Reddien has been cycling for transportation since she was 16, and has since used a bike to get around cities from Houston to Milan.  She bought her first “city bike” while working in Italy in 1995 and these days commutes most days by bakfiets, usually with a preschooler and a bag of groceries along for the ride.


Owner Carice Reddien, with Baby Belle in tow

Address: 368 Beacon St., Somerville 02143 (Corner of Beacon and Oxford)

617-661-0969  or  [email protected]

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Examples of ‘transportation’ in a sentence


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When you
think about it, the
idea to
public transportation with
artwork is

Smithsonian Mag (2017)

connected IP
services provided to
schools and transportation systems in the area.

Computing (2010)

School buses are the
mode of transportation

Christianity Today (2000)

may be forced to
build transportation systems for their own

Chancellor, John Peril and Promise: A Commentary on America (1990)

Transportation to one of the colonies was the most
important of these.

Smout, T.C. & Wood, Sydney Scottish Voices 1745-1960 (1990)

Many people
prefer transportation to transport.

Times, Sunday Times (2014)

kind of public transportation do we
need to have in and around
London and between

Times, Sunday Times (2013)

No one from my
background would take public transportation, like a bus.

Times, Sunday Times (2009)

Depending on
consumption, the
leg can be by
bike or in transportation provided by the

Times, Sunday Times (2016)

considered it
unthinkable that railroads could be
displaced as the
backbone of the country’s transportation system.

Peter F. Drucker MANAGING FOR RESULTS (1986)

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We were not
allowed to
ride on public transportation except under certain conditions, and then only on the

Kishlansky, Mark A. (editor) Sources of the West: Readings in Western Civilization, Volume 1: From the Beginning
to 1715

Good airport, good public transportation.

Times, Sunday Times (2014)

Transportation of people,
commodities, and
equipment was much more
efficient with

Hunt, E. K. Property and Prophets: The Evolution of Economic Institutions and Ideologies (1995)

US forces were
unable to provide the transportation because the the
trip to the airport was considered an
risk to the lives of

Times, Sunday Times (2008)

But more
significant was the inadequacy of the South’s
internal transportation system.

Divine, Robert A. (editor) & Breen, T. H & Frederickson, George M & Williams, R. Hal America Past and Present (1995)

It has
emerged that the
national transportation
board had
urged the
replacement of the DC metro trains

Times, Sunday Times (2009)

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