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Did Norway reduce Electric Car Incentives (Policy) because they were so costly?

I wonder whether there is an official statement that some electric car incentives in Norway were stopped, because it was too costly. I came across this document, that states at the very bottom (I had ...
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Who determines when road center lines are solid or dashed?

A two lane state highway I regularly travel was recently re-paved, and the last step was to paint the center lines. Seeing the freshly painted lines prompts this question: Who determines when the ...
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Are Mexican trucks presently allowed beyond a buffer zone around the US southern border?

The US was involved in a long-running NAFTA dispute with Mexico over trucking: Although the charter of the North American Free Trade Agreement established a schedule that would have opened the ...
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Why does the 25 year import rule for cars still exist in the USA?

A motor vehicle that is at least 25 years old can be lawfully imported into the U.S. without regard to whether it complies with all applicable FMVSS. Why does that 25 year import rule for cars still ...
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Why did it take so long for Germany to allow electric scooters / e-rollers on the roads?

According to Telegraph Germany has just issued a law that allows electrical scooters on the roads: Germany has become the latest country to approve the use of electric scooters on its roads as ...
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Why are so many countries subsidizing the electrical vehicle industry?

I am creating a presentation about main subsidies and taxes for the EV (electric vehicle) market. When I dived deep into this — the question became: why do governments invest in this market? What ...
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What is the capitalist answer to rail passenger transportation being non financially profitable?

In developed countries, rail transport is usually provided at financial loss, and needs to be subsidised by governments. In countries who have refused to do so (mostly on the American continent), ...
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Is Belt and Road Initiative cost-effective?

Does the geopolitical advantage of China's Belt and Road Initiative outweigh the financial costs of the loans? Would the loan be better spent internally or kept unused?
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Can a EU country refuse to allow a car to circulate with plates from another EU country?

A spat between Sweden and Romania; a car with an insulting plates (when read in Romanian) caused the Swedish embassy to release this rather ambiguous statement: The Embassy of Sweden in Romania ...
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Does EU freedom of speech allow a license plate that taunts a political party?

A few weeks ago a Romanian bought a personalized number plate from Sweden that seemed perfectly fine for Swedish Transport Agency is usually very vigilant when approving such plates. However, this ...
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What prevents states and counties in the US from combining drivers license and registration data?

When stopped for a traffic infraction in the United States most (all?) officers ask for license and registration. They are legally allowed to demand this information on request as a condition of ...
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Why was the Kerch strait bridge built along a long route?

Russia just completed construction of a very long bridge across the Kerch strait - 23km. I was wondering - why didn't it build the bridge along the shorter route, from Chushka port, where the ferry ...
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What would be the social and political consequences if a major country decided to prohibit driverless cars? [closed]

In the news, there's been talk of countries banning petrol and diesel cars by 2030-2040, but what if a major country - say for example; Canada, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and South Africa; decided ...
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Why is US rail passenger transportation less important than in other countries?

Reading this article about the fastest trains in the world, I found no US train. This makes sense since high speed rails is quite limited: (..) Amtrak's Acela Express (reaching 150 mph (240 km/h)) (...
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Why do so many US States have a relaxed vehicle inspection policy?

According to Wikipedia, many US states have a relaxed policy for car inspection regulations: Maryland requires an inspection prior to registration or transfer of ownership only. Several states ...
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Why does the EU invest so much in biodiesel if it has a very low return on investment as a fuel?

According to a chart posted in a Skeptics question, biodiesel is the worst energy source we have in terms of return on investment: However, every time I travel outside the city in Europe I see huge ...