NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for June 22, 2018

In this week’s Driving News Roundup:

–SCOTUS will decide if Civil Forfeiture Violates 8th Amendment—
–CA lauds Multi-state Zero Emissions Vehicle Plan—
–Carmakers Risk Wasting Billions on EVs and AVs—
–OH Supremes back Legislative Curb on Speed Cams–

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NMA Driving News Stories of the Week

Supreme Court Will Decide If Civil Forfeiture Is Unconstitutional, Violates the Eighth Amendment
For the first time in over 20 years, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the constitutionality of civil forfeiture laws, which allow the government to confiscate cash, cars, and even homes. On Monday, the court granted a cert petition from Tyson Timbs, who was forced to forfeit his $40,000 Land Rover in civil court to the State of Indiana, after he pled guilty to selling less than $200 worth of drugs.

California Lauds Multi-State Zero-Emissions Vehicle Plan
As the Trump Administration attempts to weaken federal greenhouse gas and corporate average fuel economy standards for the nation’s light-duty vehicle fleet, nine Northeast and West Coast states including California Wednesday reaffirmed their strong commitment to a clean, low-carbon transportation sector with the release of a new Multi-State Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan for 2018-2021 to support the successful implementation of the states’ ZEV programs. “These nine states, one-third of the nation’s car market, will bring millions of clean cars to America’s roads and highways,” said California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. The Action Plan, which builds on the successes and lessons learned from implementation of an earlier 2014 ZEV Action Plan, presents 80 market-enabling action recommendations for states, automakers, dealers, utilities, charging and fueling companies and other key partners to rapidly accelerate mainstream consumer adoption of zero-emission vehicles, including plug-in hybrid, battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Carmakers Risk Wasting Billions on Electric, Autonomous Vehicles
Automakers are in a pickle. If they don’t invest in electric cars and self-driving technology, investors shun them. If they do, they risk burning billions of dollars on cars that won’t make money, according to a new study from consulting firm AlixPartners. The auto industry and technology players looking to get into transportation are spending $255 billion on 200-plus electric models, many of which will be unprofitable, and $61 billion toward autonomous vehicles that consumers aren’t prepared to buy, the consultants said in the study, released Wednesday. It predicts “a pile-up of epic proportions.”

Opinion and Commentary from around the Web

Lane Courtesy Month 2018

News Stories from around the Web 

National News Watch

Auto Recall and Auto Safety News

Automatic Traffic Enforcement and Surveillance

Court Cases, Police Reform and Corruption

Driver’s License Watch

Driving in America

Driving Tips

Infrastructure Watch

Tolls in America

Complete Streets and Vision Zero Watch


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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