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 |  Apr 29 2014, 4:02 PM

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In the wake of the massive GM ignition switch recall, U.S. auto safety regulators want to increase the fines for untimely recalls.

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 |  Feb 23 2012, 6:31 PM

Cocaine is a hell of a drug, at least according to R&B singer Rick James, though 52-year-old Peter Davis of Englewood, NJ would probably agree.

He admitted to incurring $102,141 in fines, owed to the New Jersey Port Authority in Jean Davis’, his mothers, car. You may wonder why anyone would repeatedly incur fines to such a ridiculous level. As you may have guessed, Davis’ excuse was running to New York in search of cocaine, repeatedly.

“When you’re addicted like that you don’t think of he consequences. You have other things on your mind,” he told the New York Post. “I knew it was inevitable. I knew there would be consequences sooner or later.”

Unfortunately for his mother, she’s the one being hit with the fines — information that’s now public thanks to the New Jersy Port Authority’s “Wall of Shame,” which publishes the names of those with the largest outstanding fines.

Davis tops the list for people who owe money, but actually comes in 12th overall. Rental companies still take the cake, one with fines exceeding $1.7 million.

Just the same, she doesn’t seem happy with her son, telling the Post she would kill him if she thought she could get away with it.

 |  Dec 30 2011, 1:15 PM

The controversial London (UK) Emissions Zone strikes again, this time with more stringent smog rules due to come into effect on January 3rd, 2012.

These new regs will require that all heavy goods vehicles (essentially large trucks, buses and other specialist vehicles like mobile cranes) entering London be Euro 4 emissions compliant, otherwise their operators will face fines of £1,000 (around $1,600) or a daily charge of £200 (roughly $300).

For drivers of smaller commercial vehicles, such as light delivery vans like Ford Transits and Mercedes Sprinters, their vehicles will have to meet Euro 3 emissions requirements or risk fines of £500 (approximately $800) or a daily charge of £100 ($160).

However, for small businesses and independent tradespeople operating within the city limits of London, the new regs are yet another fly in the ointment, as they eliminate the ability to operate older vans (those more than 10 years old), without facing hefty fines. To make matters worse, officials are taking a hardline stance on the issue.

“The penalties are such that non-compliance is simply not an option,” said Natalie Chapman, head of the UK Freight Transport Association’s Policy for London.

Given that so far, London’s Low Emissions Zone has had a marginal effect on reducing  pollution in the city, putting added strain on the shoulders of small businesses, especially at a time of economic austerity in Britain, is hardly sound thinking when it comes to government policy.