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U.S. consumers may well remember the days, pre-2012, when shopping for an airline ticket was complicated by the airlines’ favored pricing scheme. Back then, an advertised $240 fare might suddenly turn out to be a $300 fare, given that taxes account for roughly 20 percent of the average domestic U.S. airfare. Passengers hated the system while the airlines – which hate price-comparison shoppers, because they drive down prices – embraced it. Fortunately, in 2012, the Department of Transportation imposed a rule requiring that the airlines advertise fares inclusive of the base fare, taxes and fees. Yet, notably, the rule didn’t prohibit the airlines from publishing the taxes and fees separately; it just required that they do so less prominently than the advertised, fully inclusive fare. The airlines, incensed at this pro-consumer bit of rulemaking, have been trying to overturn it ever since. more
It’s about to get tougher to drive without auto insurance in Rhode Island. more
Hunter Insurance President Brian Hunter stays on top of issues in his field, and one that the Cumberland-based agent has paid attention to lately is the ability of drivers in some states to access their car-insurance ID card digitally. more
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The United States overall boasts slightly fewer deficient and functionally obsolete bridges in 2013 than in recent years, but Rhode Island and Massachusetts structures still rank among the nation’s worst, according to a new report. more
WAREHAM, Mass. – The Cape Cod Flyer train service to Hyannis will become an annual feature and will include a new stop in Wareham, The Standard-Times of New Bedford reported last week. The newspaper also said a study to determine the feasibility of year-round weekend service was planned. more
Things are looking up again for supporters of commuter-rail service to Fall River and New Bedford. more
FALL RIVER – A Somerset resident and his inspection company pleaded guilty to issuing state inspection stickers without conducting required safety and emission inspections of commercial vehicles, including school buses, tractor trailers and construction equipment, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced last week. more
Airline passengers will be allowed more onboard use of devices such as Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle as soon as the end of the year, though restrictions will remain, the chief U.S. aviation regulator said. more
Gasoline prices were unchanged in Rhode Island and fell 2 cents in Massachusetts this week, trailing an 8-cent decline in the national average, according to the weekly survey by AAA Southern New England. more
To the editor: Your reporter did a terrific job (in a story in the Nov. 4 edition) ferreting out some of the nasty facts about the Wickford and Warwick train stations and the picture taken from the empty top floor of the Wickford “choo choo” station says it all. There are more cars at the Walmart next to Wickford station than will ever be at the station and every year the state pays an additional $721,659 to the owner on top of the $311 million to build these tombs. Wow! more
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