NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for September 8, 2017

In this week’s Driving News Roundup:

–House passes regs for driverless cars—
–MA DUI tests a mess—
–ALPR ruling in CA—
–SE Texas motorists can’t find rental cars—

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NMA Driving News Story of the Week

House passes bill paving the way for driverless cars
The bill would pre-empt states from implementing certain laws governing the new technology. It would also allow car manufacturers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving cars a year that don’t meet normal safety standards. In the first year, however, that number will be capped at 25,000. States will still be responsible for vehicle registration, insurance, driver education, law enforcement and other local issues. Manufacturers will be required to include cybersecurity and privacy protections in their vehicles.

Trump Wants States and Cities to Pay More for Infrastructure
The White House said this week that it also aims to cut red tape. Many state and local officials like the idea of less regulations but fear less funding.

State of Massachusetts will investigate breathalyzer test results
The state’s Secretary of Public Safety has launched an investigation into the office responsible for ensuring the accuracy of police breathalyzers, amid accusations that the office withheld evidence that the machines may have provided hundreds of flawed results over a two-year period. The investigation follows allegations from defense attorneys that the Office of Alcohol Testing, which is overseen by the State Police, failed to turn over documents that could have shown what the lawyers say are faulty results. The attorneys, who represent 750 drunken driving defendants, have said that failure ultimately could affect 58,000 drunken driving cases since 2011, when the state first began using the machines.

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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 other Sunday, catch the Car of the Future Roundup blog post.

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