NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for May 4, 2018

In this week’s Driving News Roundup:

–Florida Supremes reject RLC challenge–
–17 states sue Trump Adm. Over Vehicle Emissions—
–EPA wants to freeze CAFÉ Standards at 42mpg through 2026—
–Self-Driving Automakers are slowing down after crashes—
–CA Gas Tax Repeal to appear on November Ballot–

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Florida Supreme Court rejects red-light camera law challenge
Florida drivers hoping the state Supreme Court will toss out their red-light camera tickets won’t be getting their fines returned. The court rejected an argument Thursday that the city of Aventura gave too much power to an outside vendor to determine whether photos caught by the cameras were traffic violations. The ruling preserves the state’s red-light camera law, which some lawmakers have unsuccessfully fought to rescind in recent years. Luis Jimenez challenged the fine he received in 2011. While he didn’t deny running the red light, his lawyers argued that law enforcement — not camera vendors — should be enforcing traffic laws.

17 states sue Trump administration over vehicle emissions
California and a group of 16 other states on Tuesday challenged the Trump administration’s decision to revise strict U.S. vehicle emissions and fuel efficiency rules put in place under former President Barack Obama. The 17 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision in April to declare U.S. vehicle emissions and fuel efficiency rules through 2025 “not appropriate.”

Draft EPA memo freezes fuel economy standards at 42 mpg through 2026
After announcing its intention last month to roll back emissions standards that require cars to get higher fuel economy, the EPA is now circulating a proposal in Washington to freeze the standards at 2020 levels through 2026. The story was first reported by the Los Angeles Times, and confirmed by Reuters. The proposal so far is a draft, which officials at the EPA and the NHTSA are discussing among others. Officials briefed on the proposal, however, say it is the leading recommendation.

Self-Driving Car Pioneers Are Slowing Down After Crashes
A series of high-profile accidents involving self-driving cars are slowing the mad rush into the autonomous vehicles business, according to a report issued Wednesday. The accidents, some of them fatal, have ignited a debate about how to regulate the safety of self-driving vehicles and tempered the public’s expectations, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said in the report. They’ve also exposed the downside of rushing to market, prompting some in the industry to slow down, said Andrew Grant, a London-based analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

California Gas Tax Repeal to Appear On November Ballot
The initiative to repeal SB-1, commonly referred to as the California Gas Tax, has exceeded the number of signatures necessary to secure a spot on the ballot this November.

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