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Driving damaged car in France

I am thinking about buying a car which I plan to drive around the French-Swiss border, maybe around Italy too. However, the car I found has quite visible damage from something which might look as a ...
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Can I legally record a video when driving and talking to the camera?

Can I legally record a video when driving and talking to the camera? E.g.: Some clarifications following comments the question received: It seems like this might run afoul of laws against ...
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Sharing car with provisional licence holder. Is it necessary to remove L plates when qualified driver is driving?

My partner is learning to drive. She's brought a car ready for when she passes her test, hopefully in a couple weeks. Her insurance is aware that she -- the main driver -- has a provisional licence, ...
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Who is liable when a turning car "interferes" with bicycle going straight? (Pennsylvania)

Pennsylvania Vehicle Code section 3331e states that Interference with pedalcycles.--No turn by a driver of a motor vehicle shall interfere with a pedalcycle proceeding straight while operating in ...
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CDL drivers license photo copy

Can a person drive a commercial vehicle with a photo copy of their CDL license if they lost or left their CDL license?
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Do running lights satisfy laws requiring headlights be on when wipers are on?

Some cars have running lights (which are on whenever the engine is running). Some states have laws the require headlights be on when wipers are being used. Do running lights meet that requirement?
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Using a tractor/4 wheeler/mower or like as a means of travel with out a drivers license

I find myself in a part of the US (NY Adirondacks) where travelling anywhere requires a vehicle of some kind and yet it is prohibitively expensive to buy, register, insure and maintain a vehicle and ...
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I lost my DOT heavy truck logbook what do I do?

I have to keep a Class A driver log book even though I work in my local area driving logs. The log book is used to keep track of proper rest. I lost mine. What do I do?
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Who has right of way in a lane merge?

When lanes merge on a highway, who has right of way? Consider the point where the left lane ends, and cars must now must merge into the middle lane. Who has the right of way?
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DUI conviction in TN. What happens in CA

Found guilty of DUI in TN and license suspended for 1 yr. My lawyer, nor anyone in TN can tell me what will happen to my CA license. What should I do?
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Driving without physical copy of License

If you have a license and drive but forget your license and get pulled over what happens? Do you get a penalty for forgetting it at your house?
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Is it legal to ride a bicycle with a self-installed motor around California?

I'm going to California for a few weeks, largely the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas, and to save money (and time considering LA traffic) I plan to bring a bicycle with me and use that and public ...
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Do law enforcement agencies have to announce DUI checkpoints in advance?

What does the 1990 Supreme Court case out of Michigan which found sobriety checkpoints did not constitute a violation of the fourth amendment require, explicitly or implicitly as the case may be, in ...
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Does charging people to drive them around the city make you a taxi service in the UK?

Consider the following scenario in the UK? I'll pick up 1-3 people unknown to me beforehand with my privately owned and privately insured vehicle I'll drive them around the city for an agreed amount ...
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Is it Legal to drive while listening to headphones?

Are there any laws that prohibit the use of headphones while operating a vehicle?
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Illegal to drive with an instructor if you have no driver license?

I have a friend and she does not know how to drive and wants to finally get a license and be able to buy a car so she can drive (she's never driven before). Anyways, she wanted to go to one of those ...
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During a traffic stop, should you disclose that you are carrying a licensed firearm without being asked for it?

Consider a routine traffic stop and assume the driver or the passenger has a firearm, legally obtained, and legally concealed. Is there any obligation to reveal that they are carrying that firearm? ...
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Does a person have to be in the drivers seat while driving in Virginia?

Does a person have to be in the drivers seat while driving in Virginia? You do not have to wear a seat belt if you get a doctors note or if your a taxi driver and there is no law about keeping hands ...
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Parking Ticket while parked in our driveway

I can't upload my image, so I will do my best to explain the visual. I also apologize if this sort of question is not to meant to be asked on this branch of Stack Exchange. I, along with the other ...
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Can I get a Supervised Instruction Permit at 17 in Idaho?

I'm almost 17 in Idaho. I don't have a burning desire to drive, but it would be nice for a few reasons. Driving with my parents is fine. Given this, I'd like to stay under a 'supervised instruction ...
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"Evading" police car (with lights on) before it turns around to follow you

Say you're excessively speeding down a divided highway when a police cruiser passes you on the other side of the median and flips on the lights and sirens. Now of course you assume this is a result of ...
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Meter maid in San Francisco blocks the way, and issues the parking ticket while the driver is present

While driving in San Francisco, I got a cell phone call that I had to take. So I stopped at the metered space for maybe 2 minutes to take a call. Next thing I see is a parking enforcement car behind ...
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Do Prisoner Vehicles Transportations Stop At Red Light?

In Indonesia, whenever prisoner vehicle transportation passed, they always drive in a row and honk loudly whenever they get stuck. Is there any law about whether they could run red light? Is there any ...
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What is the legal limit of alcohol concentration in a person's sweat?

What is the legal limit of alcohol in the sweat of a person, so that it is deemed illegal for him to drive? Im more concerned about the legal limit in the UK, but any other country is also appreciated....
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Does California maintain its own record of minor traffic tickets incurred by out-of-state drivers?

Convictions for reportable moving violations in California are reported to the CA DMV [1]. For drivers licensed in California, this will result in a number of points, dependent on the specific ...
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Does flashing high beams give police probable cause to stop a vehicle?

Is it illegal to flash high beams to signal other cars? If police see you doing so is it a valid pretext for a traffic stop?
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When a used car is sold "as-is", does that excuse seller from selling the car with smog certificate in California?

California law states the seller is always responsible for selling the car with a smog certificate. If the seller sells the car saying it is "as-is" does that excuses him/her from previously obtaining ...
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Can a homeowner's association take disciplinary action against traffic violations that occur on a city road that is the main artery?

There is a road that goes through my community and is the only way for non-emergency motorized vehicles to enter. This road is owned by the city. Assuming the HOA's regulations allow enforcement of ...
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The VW emission scandal, what laws or regulations were broken?

I'm a programmer trying to understand the minutia of the case more, but I'm having a hard time finding information that isn't simplified for sound bite eating public or thick legalesse. What laws or ...
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What law determines when you have been ordered to pull over for a traffic stop?

What laws in the U.S. (specifically, Massachusetts) govern when you need to pull over for a traffic stop? I understand that if a police vehicle comes up behind you with lights flashing it's clear ...
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Right Turns and Bike Lanes

I have been reading Ontario's official driver's handbook and the section on bike lanes was particularly uninformative. First off, you are not supposed to drive in bike lanes, that is straightforward ...
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Do I need a physical address to get a driver's license?

I'm currently homeless and need a license for work. I do not want to go to a shelter or request help from friends or family. Yet, the local DMV will not let me apply for a driver's license without an ...
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If an emergency vehicle approaches from ahead while I am driving on a two-lane road with no shoulder, what am I obligated to do?

This morning, I was driving along a road that had one lane going each way. There was no shoulder; to my right was just a field. Up ahead, there was an emergency vehicle coming toward me.
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Department of Motor Vehicles driving test makes no sense!

I have just received an instructional permit in the state of California after passing my written test at the Department of Motor Vehicles. I am currently trying to find opportunities to use this ...
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Who gets the traffic ticket in a self-driving car?

I read in this Bloomberg article Ten days later, a Mountain View motorcycle cop noticed traffic stacking up behind a Google car going 24 miles an hour in a busy 35 mph zone. He zoomed over and ...
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Is it allowed for the driver to eat in the car? (not alcoholic)

I eat my breakfast in my car (when I am driving to my work office). I am wondering if it is illegal or not? Extra information: I live in Ontario, Canada. Also, I am interested to know if it is ...
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Speed on speed sign not readable

Where I am, we had the first few centimeters of snow today. On the way to work, some speed limit signs were unreadable. Now, I knew what they said because I drive this way every day, but if I didn't, ...
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How to win against a moving violation ticket that was issued different than what I had allegedly committed?

I was stopped by an officer that claimed I sped over a 30mph speed limit. When he saw that I have a radar detector, he proceeded to "cut me a break" and gave me a ticket for "failed to signal" (but I ...
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Liability insurance requirements when renting a car

Traveling can be a somewhat confusing time, legally speaking, because the distant jurisdiction you're traveling in may have different requirements from your normal place or residence. And there's ...
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Are there any restrictions regarding the use of a GPS device while driving a car in the U.S

More specifically, are there any distinctions between using a smartphone, dedicated GPS device, or a built-in system (similar to the car radio), while driving (i.e. car in motion on a public road), ...
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What happens if you are pulled over for speeding but not given a ticket?

This is probably a duplicate question, but I'm very freaked out about what happened. I apologize if it is. I'm a teenager who just got pulled over for the first time (unbeknownst to be, the on-ramp ...
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Can I drive with just a copy of a missing license?

I have an Oklahoma CDL and I lost it at a truck stop in Oklahoma. Can I still drive with just a photocopy of my driver license?
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Can a traffic citation be issued solely off of witness account?

In general, one driver reporting the plates of another is not likely to result in a citation being issued. Even if a citation were to be issued, I'd assume the initial caller would be required to ...
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Where can I get a list of driving "primary offenses?"

As I understand it (and please correct me if I am wrong), (the law in many if not all U.S. states) classifies (non-moving) driving offenses into at least two categories. Primary offenses are non-...
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Wet & Reckless vs DUI

What is the exact difference between a Wet Reckless vs a DUI? Moreover the financial and penal implications? I am in California.
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What to do if driver's license is lost during road trip?

My friend just lost her driver's license in California, during a road trip from Arizona to Oregon. It's an Arizona license, but she's moving to Oregon. Since she's moving, she doesn't even have an ...
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Is it illegal to lock the wheel of a car?

Is it illegal to lock the wheel of a car and demand money for unlocking it because the car was parked in an area of reserved use by the person placing the lock in the car?
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Can I legally drive over speed limits in medical emergencies?

Say one had a pregnant wife that was going into labor: I've already called for an ambulance, However: They are far away from reaching me. So in order to reach them faster: We jump into a car and drive ...
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Can a person bring a translator to the driving test in Arkansas?

My dad wants to get a drivers licence . He passed the written test. But his English listening is not perfect. We are from India btw. So, may I legally be at the back seat of the car just in case he ...
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If my speedometer breaks without my knowledge, would I be responsible if I broke the speed limit by a small amount?

Let's say that I drive down an interstate highway at a speed of 68 miles per hour, where the speed limit is 65. I think that I am going 63 miles per hour because my speedometer is off by five miles ...