NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for August 10, 2018

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

News Stories from around the Web

National News Watch

Auto Recall and Auto Safety News

Automatic Traffic Enforcement and Surveillance

Court Cases of Interest plus Police Reform/Corruption

Driver’s License Watch

Driving in America

Infrastructure Watch

Tolls in America

 

The NMA Driving News Roundup is a regular feature on the NMA Blog, where we highlight some of the most interesting driving news stories of the week. If you have a story for Driving News, send the url via email to nma@motorists.org. Every Wednesday catch the Car of the Future Roundup blog post.

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