Ga invoice would throw out EV-restricting laws opening up profits to Rivian, some others

Georgia monthly bill would toss out EV-limiting legislation opening up product sales to Rivian, other folks

By Lurah Lowery

As it stands appropriate now, startup firm Rivian Automotive won’t be equipped to provide the electric automobiles its manufactures in Ga inside of the state, but proposed legislation would improve that for Rivian and all EV producers.

Building on a $5 billion Rivian plant east of Atlanta is slated to get started this summer months. Having said that, Tesla is the only EV producer allowed beneath state regulation to sell independently at its very own dealerships to Georgians, which is the outcome of amending the automobile-seller security regulation in 2015. Senate Invoice 398 proposes to adjust that legislation again.

Rivian, like Tesla, skips over offering through dealers to offer directly to consumers and has lobbied for laws to make it possible for that. The small business model has sparked legislative fights throughout the state with motor vehicle sellers pushing to preserve their rights under point out regulations to solely promote new automobiles.

The Atlanta Journal-Structure stories that the laws “sets up a higher-stakes battle among electrical-auto providers and the politically impressive Ga car dealership lobby.” Franchise car or truck sellers in the state are represented by the Ga Vehicle Sellers Affiliation in battling against legislation that would enable EV corporations like Rivian compete for income.

Immediately after the Rivian plant was approved to be crafted in Georgia, GADA CEO Lea Kirschner advised the Journal-Structure that, “Georgia’s franchise auto sellers and the a lot more than 70,000 Georgians utilized by dealers and their suppliers all over the condition search ahead to working with Rivian to produce their electrical autos to buyers, when they develop into readily available, under Georgia’s present franchise supplier regulations.”

Charles Morris with Evannex, an aftermarket EV and Tesla extras retailer, wrote on Jan. 30 that 17 states presently prohibit all automakers from offering vehicles immediately to consumers and yet another 11 states have particular exceptions for Tesla or EV makers in standard, which would involve Rivian and Lucid.

SB 398 keeps language distinct to enabling brands into the state that completely assemble zero emissions autos and have under no circumstances offered cars in Ga through a franchised new motor car or truck vendor. The bill adds language that brands, both them selves or via an approved agent, should maintain service and maintenance services in the condition to fulfill the obligation to people beneath the Georgia Lemon Legislation. Producers need to also have a physical area in the U.S. The monthly bill removes the five-location limitation place on Tesla in 2015.

Possibly as extra states make it possible for the sale of EVs other automakers will start off giving on-line product sales. Typical Motors stated in a Jan. 19 push launch that “in the foreseeable future, in partnership with dealers, GM’s electronic retail system will make it possible for shoppers to shop, obtain and finance electric vehicles fully online, with the choice to changeover

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Nine big changes to driving laws, road rules and car tech coming in 2022

Drivers can expect to see some big changes on the road this year. 

A raft of new laws, vehicle technology and driving rules are due to be introduced in 2022 – and many of them are influential developments that will impact every person who regularly gets behind the wheel.

From changes to the Highway Code to councils taking powers to issue fines across England and Wales for minor traffic offences like stopping in a box junction, these are the nine major updates motorists are likely to face in the next 12 months…

Rules that have allowed drivers to avoid prosecution for using their phones behind the wheel are being tightened up in 2022 

1. You can’t touch your phone behind the wheel

Introduced: ‘Early’ 2022 

Lawmakers are planning to close a loophole that has allowed drivers to evade prosecution when caught using their mobile devices behind the wheel.

Currently, motorists can only be penalised for using a handheld phone for ‘interactive communication’ while driving, meaning anyone using their device to record video, take selfies, snap pictures and scroll through downloaded music are able to avoid fines and points.

However, ministers will from early in 2022 introduce new rules that makes using a phone or any handheld device behind the wheel illegal in almost all circumstances – and mean culprits receive a fine of £200 and six points on their licence.

The stringent rules will also apply when stopped at a red light or stuck in traffic.

The only significant exception is that drivers will still be able to use their phone as a sat-nav as long as it is secured in a holder, and hands-free calls. Mobile payments at drive-through restaurants or on toll roads will also be allowed. 

This graphic shows how the Highway Code will change early in the year in relation to drivers and cyclists

This graphic shows how the Highway Code will change early in the year in relation to drivers and cyclists

These are the Government's 'key design principles' for its new plans for cycling, with the intention that it 'is or will become mass transit and must be treated as such'

These are the Government’s ‘key design principles’ for its new plans for cycling, with the intention that it ‘is or will become mass transit and must be treated as such’

2. Cyclists and pedestrians to have priority over drivers at junctions

Introduced: 29 January (subject to parliamentary approval)

A scheduled update to the Highway Code from January will see the launch of an official ‘hierarchy of road users’ system that is designed to protect the most vulnerable people, including pedestrians and cyclists.

The new hierarchy will mean road users who can do the greatest harm will have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger they may pose to others. 

It will have the biggest impact at junctions, with drivers having to ensure they do not cross the path of cyclists or horse riders. And it also gives pedestrians priority when they are waiting to cross at a crossing or junction rather than only when they are already crossing. 

What the new ‘hierarchy of road users’ will be

1. Pedestrians

2. Cyclists

3. Horse riders

4. Motorcyclists

5. Cars/taxis

6. Vans/minibuses

7. Large passenger vehicles/heavy goods vehicles


This places more, but not complete,

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