In this week’s Driving News Roundup:
- California plans to keep rules tight on vehicle emissions despite Feds new rules
- More data does not mean less racial profiling during traffic stops
- Another CAF Horror Story. Driver gave up $39,000 to the Feds even though he did not commit a crime.
- NYC capped Ridesharing
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NMA Driving News Story of the Week
California defies Trump, plans tighter rules on vehicle emissions
California air regulators on Tuesday said they plan to keep tightening state vehicle emissions rules despite a Trump administration proposal last week that would strip the state of the ability to set its own limits. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) proposed maintaining strict Obama-era rules mandating rising fuel efficiency requirements annually through 2025. The Trump administration has proposed freezing federal vehicle emissions requirements at 2020 levels through 2026. “California will take all actions to ensure that the smart standards we developed in partnership with the auto industry to cut greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles stay in place,” said CARB Chair Mary Nichols in a statement from Sacramento.
In Oakland, California, More Data Hasn’t Meant Less Racial Disparity during Police Stops
For more than 15 years, Oakland’s police department has been under federal oversight following a police abuse and racial profiling scandal. As part of a negotiated settlement in 2003, the city agreed to work toward sweeping police reforms. The Riders Settlement mandated ongoing monitoring of the department, including the collection of data on police stops and an end to discriminatory policing. But there’s mounting frustration that federal oversight and better data collection have not led to real change, despite a massive price tag.
The Justice Department Didn’t Charge Him With a Crime. It’s going to take $39,000 from Him Anyway.
This is was a case of civil asset forfeiture, where law enforcement officials take and keep people’s assets that they suspect are connected to criminal activity. Often, they can do this without convicting or even charging any person with a crime. Instead the property itself is accused of being linked to misconduct. The “defendant” in this settlement is the cash itself; the Department of Justice is suing a sack of money. This weird quirk matters because the burdens of proof in civil courts are often lower than the “beyond a reasonable doubt” required to convict a person. So it’s easier for prosecutors to win, and it flips presumption of innocence on its head: Phipps has to hire a lawyer and prove his money isn’t connected to criminal activity.
Opinion and Commentary from around the Web
- NYC Editorial: It’s Not an Uber Cap — It’s a Course Correction for an Industry that’s Dangerously Out of Whack
- Uber and Lyft won’t solve traffic. Local governments must step in
- Beware–Toll Studies Overpromise Riches for Connecticut
- No good excuse for DMV lines this long in California
- How rural traffic roundabouts can save lives in North Carolina
- Rural roads safety focus must continue in South Carolina
- Trump’s Proposed CAFE Standard
- Cars Keep Getting Better. That Makes Disruption Harder.
News Stories from around the Web
National News Watch
- Trump May Relax Auto Standards While Making Them Harder to Meet
- In waiting for answers, automakers stick to Obama-era rules
- Trial lawyers speak out on Senate self-driving car bill
Auto Recall and Auto Safety News
- Current Adaptive Cruise Control or ACC Too “Dangerous” for Road, Say Insurers
- Ford F-150 Seat Belt Fires Spur NHTSA Investigation
- Volkswagen may have to recall 124,000 electric cars
- 45,000 2018 VW Tiguan crossover recalled over fire risk
Automatic Traffic Enforcement and Surveillance
- Riverside, Illinois (another Chicago suburb) edging toward red-light cameras
- Nevada Lawmakers to consider cameras to catch red-light runners
- New York: Outrage over red-light camera in Nassau County
- New Rochelle, NY Red-Light Program Generates $2 Million in Revenue in 2017
- Ohio: Drivers ticketed for speeding on I-80 could get their money back as part of a class action lawsuit
- Oregon, Ohio rejects hand-held speed camera program
- Speed camera pursuit in Pennsylvania drags on
- British Columbia red-light cameras to run 24/7/365
Court Cases of Interest plus Police Reform/Corruption
- Arizona: Maricopa County to Appeal Ruling in Lawsuit over Joe Arpaio’s Patrols
- Florida: Jury Trial Set in Case against Florida Traffic Camera Fees
- Ohio Attorney General Defends Anti-Speed Camera Law
- New Virginia Majority Marches for Police Transparency in Richmond
Driver’s License Watch
- The Pot Breathalyzer Is Here. Maybe
- California Lawmakers Slam DMV over Soaring Wait Times
- Hawaii: $200 Fine for “Smoke-Free Vehicles” Violators
- Idaho driver’s license services will be on hold August 9-20 due to computer upgrade
- Mississippi residents are waiting hours — even days — to get a driver’s license
- Coalition claims Missouri Violates National Voter Registration Act
- Those long lines at the North Carolina DMV? You can blame Real ID, but that’s not all, says commissioner.
- OK Gov. Mary Fallin asks US Department of Homeland Security for another REAL ID extension
Driving in America
- Jurors decide Little Rock, Arkansas judge’s ticket-paying method illegal; 13,259 people due refunds, lawyers say
- Chicago’s predatory tickets and fines exploit low-income drivers for revenue
- What’s the City of Chicago Doing About Its Problem With Duplicate Sticker Tickets?
- Massachusetts: State police testing saliva swab to catch stoned drivers
- What’s behind the Increase in New Hampshire Traffic Fatalities?
- New Jerseyans aren’t obeying the speed limit, so a lawmaker wants to change them
- NYC goes after Uber and Lyft
- New interstate exit numbering system in Vermont? Governor Scott hopes not.
- Colorado DOT, elected officials break ground on Interstate 70 widening project that’s expected to take 4 years
- Nevada in home stretch of $8.9 million U.S. 93 project
- Road adjoining new $1.6 million North Carolina bridge sinking. The road opened on June 4th.
Tolls in America
- Proposed toll lanes on California’s Highway 101 draw opposition
- $10 Million Tolls Study a Step toward Federal Tolling Approval in Connecticut
- SunPass users will be reimbursed for overdraft fees, FL Gov. Rick Scott says
- Troubled SunPass vendor could have to pay $1.7 million, but Florida isn’t asking for it
- Maine Governor Paul LePage accuses Massachusetts of E-ZPass shakedown of Maine drivers
- New Jersey/New York: A $50 late fee for a missed toll? E-ZPass drivers say enough.
- Richmond, VA Driver owes $13,000 two years after EZPass violation
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