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Virginia’s vehicle safety inspections may not become a thing of the past, but they may get less frequent.A key Democratic lawmaker said Monday that an agreement has been reached to require safety inspections every other year, not annually as required under current law.Gov. Ralph Northam had previously called for...
The Virginia Senate approved a bill Monday that would raise the state's reckless driving threshold from 80 miles per hour to 85 miles per hour, a change pitched as a way to bring speeding punishments more in line with driver behavior.State law currently defines speed-related reckless driving — punishable...
What does it mean to be “driving” a car? How about “operating” one?Those metaphysical questions became very real Thursday as Virginia lawmakers debated how to craft legislation making it illegal for drivers to hold a cell phone while behind the wheel.The question at issue was whether the ban should...
Almost one out of every five vehicles inspected in Virginia last year had defects that required immediate repairs or a rejection sticker, according to Virginia State Police data.This week, Gov. Ralph Northam proposed scrapping state-mandated vehicle safety inspections, drawing new focus to a decades-old program meant to ensure cars...
By Kelly Booth and Judi Dalati /Capital News Service On a Friday night in October, Katelyn Tilts was walking to a convenience store with a group of friends when she saw headlights coming at her. “A car came around the corner really quickly and was swerving. The driver was swerving but...
Gov. Ralph Northam wants to end state-mandated vehicle safety inspections and cut vehicle registration fees in half, proposals his administration says would eventually save Virginians more than $280 million per year.But motorists would have to pay a few dollars more each time they fill up on gas under a...
No driver wants to sit on the side of the road upwards of 20 minutes waiting to get a speeding ticket. And with cars whooshing by a few feet away, state troopers don’t want to be stuck doing roadside paperwork any longer than they have to.But there may be...
In a bid to ease one of the worst bottlenecks in the country, the governors of Maryland and Virginia announced Tuesday that the two states will partner on a replacement for the aging and overcrowded American Legion Bridge on Interstate 495.The new 12-lane span will be built where the...
For the first time ever, Virginians are paying less in gas taxes while driving more, a worrisome milestone for transportation officials concerned about how they’ll pay for roads in a more fuel-efficient future.At a Commonwealth Transportation Board meeting in Richmond last week, state officials said they support technological advances...
As a long-awaited higher-speed passenger rail project between Richmond and Washington gets a key federal approval, a coalition of business, higher education, transportation and environmental groups wants the state to study the possibility of connecting the state via east-west passenger rail service.On Tuesday, the Virginia Department of Rail and...