Welcome to 365 Days of Motoring

An Everyday Journey Through Motoring History, Facts & Trivia

Belt up and enjoy this 365-day ride as you cruise past the most momentous motoring events in history. Packed with fascinating facts about races, motorists and the history of the mighty engine, this is a must-visit web site for any car enthusiast.

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On This Day

Monday 22nd July 2002

19 years ago

Over the strenuous opposition of the United Auto Workers (UAW) and the auto industry, Governor Gray Davis of California signed a stringent law regulating emissions from autos. The standards sought to control emissions of so-called "greenhouse gases" (such as carbon dioxide) from cars and light trucks. Automakers have historically resisted increases in these standards, as stricter standards usually require an overhaul of their production methods to make cleaner and more fuel-efficient vehicles. California, which represents 10 percent of the nation's automobile market and is known for its struggles with air pollution, took the lead early in setting stricter fuel emissions standards than the federal government's. Assembly Bill 1493, which Davis signed into law in July 2002, was the first law in the nation to address the greenhouse gases emitted in automobile exhaust. The law required the California Air Resources Board to regulate greenhouse gases under the state's motor vehicle program and gave automakers until the 2009 model year to produce cars and light trucks that would collectively emit 22 percent fewer greenhouse gases by 2012 and 30 percent fewer by 2016.