The so-called eco-tax and eco-bonus, which applies from today until the end of 2021, are intended to address Italy's air pollution problem with a carrot-and-stick approach that pushes car buyers towards lower-emitting models. So how does it work? Here are the basics. Which cars does it apply to? The scheme applies to brand-new vehicles purchased and registered in Italy between March 1st 2019 to December 31st 2021, including those bought for leasing. It does not affect cars bought secondhand or vehicles already on the road. The eco-tax doesn't apply to compact economy cars, only to larger models. Nor does it apply to vehicles that have space for more than eight passengers. Special-use vehicles, for instance camper vans, ambulances or cars adapted for wheelchair access, are exempt. READ ALSO: Italy's eco-tax is controversial with car makers Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP The eco-bonus applies to mopeds, scooters and motorbikes as well as cars. A car must produce less than 70 … [Read more...] about Italy introduces eco-tax on polluting cars: Here’s how it works
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close Video Treating America’s Pain: Unintended Victims of the Opioid Crackdown, Part 2 – The Doctors As federal and state agencies respond to the staggering rate of drug overdose deaths -- primarily involving illegal opioids like heroin and illicit fentanyl -- doctors who maintain they are responsibly prescribing opioids are getting caught up in the crackdown. This is their side of the story to the opioid crisis and how it has impacted -- and for some ruined -- their lives. This is the second of a three-part series on the nation's struggle to address its crippling opioid crisis, and the unintended victims left in its wake. Read Part 1 here: As doctors taper or end opioid prescriptions, many patients driven to despair, suicide. Dr. Stephen Nadeau received a warning from the Gainesville, Fla., hospital where he worked. Their policy on prescribing opioids was changing, to go beyond federal guidelines aimed at the national overdose crisis that … [Read more...] about Doctors caught between struggling opioid patients and crackdown on prescriptions
Scott Talley Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 12:01 AM EST Nov 9, 2018 For staff at Credit Acceptance Corporation, being “direct,” which translates to “communicating in a clear fact-based manner,” is a company core value. Therefore, chief financial officer Ken Booth has no problem stating how many view his company. “We’re kind of the lender of last resort for a lot of people,” Booth said about his Southfield-based company, which allows auto dealers to finance any consumer for a vehicle loan regardless of credit history. “We’re willing to give people a chance and we change lives.” Credit Acceptance also is willing when it comes to creating an employee friendly work culture, and has once again earned a top spot (No. 5) in the Free Press Top Workplaces large company category. “We create a workplace where everyone looks forward to coming in to work and seeing they can make a … [Read more...] about Top Workplace Credit Acceptance Corporation bets it all on core values
By Patrick May | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: September 4, 2018 at 11:28 am | UPDATED: September 4, 2018 at 3:21 pm A story this week gave us all one more reason to hate the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The branch offices, for technical reasons, are apparently unable to accept credit cards for payment. That’s right. A sprawling and sophisticated system employing nearly 9,000 people on an annual budget of more than a billion dollars, charged with regulating everything from car dealers to vanity plates and responsible for maintaining records for 34,000,000 driver’s licenses – and they can’t run your Mastercard. While we let that sink in, the lines outside the state’s motor-vehicles branches continue to form out the door and against a soundtrack of angry tweets. Hear them roar (the angry tweets interspersed with happy tweets from the DMV touting their services!): [email protected]_DMV Solid web design. If only I could … [Read more...] about Got a problem with the DMV? Get in line!
Phoebe Wall Howard Detroit Free Press Published 7:09 p.m. UTC Aug 29, 2018 Moody's Investors Service issued an alert Wednesday that downgraded the rating of Ford Motor Co. to the lowest investment grade possible and said "The outlook is negative." The rating, Baa3, "is the lowest investment grade rating, one rung above speculative grade. It signifies the likelihood of a default," a Moody's spokesman told the Detroit Free Press. This analysis "reflects the erosion in the company's global business position and the challenges it will face implementing its Fitness Redesign program," Moody's said. Ford spokesman Bradley Carroll said within minutes of hearing of the report, “Since coming through the Great Recession, Ford Motor Company has delivered year after year of solid financial results and operating cash flows. The company has a strong balance sheet, which provides financial flexibility. We know we can capitalize on our strengths, bolster … [Read more...] about Ford’s credit rating just dropped to one notch above junk