NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for July 27, 2018

In this week’s Driving News Roundup:

  • –Auto Industry in Financial Trouble again—
  • –Speed Cam tickets stop in NYC—
  • –FL Dems want SunPass tolls to go away until computer upgrade fixed–
  • –Safety Advocates ask US Senate not to ram the AV Start Act through–

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NMA Driving News Story of the Week

Nightmarish Profit Warnings Have Detroit Reliving Bad Old Days
It felt so 2009. First, General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV reported weak earnings, with both reining in profit forecasts for the year. That sparked sharp sell-offs of their stocks. Then it really got ugly. Ford Motor Co. took the stage and projected $11 billion in charges linked to a restructuring plan that will take as long as five years to play out. The already-struggling company that had touted plans to cut $25.5 billion in costs in the coming years left analysts wanting more detail and subjecting Chief Executive Officer Jim Hackett to harsh questioning.

A Screeching Stop for Speed Cameras in New York City School Zones
It happened in a blink: At 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, hundreds of speed cameras around New York City effectively clicked off, their watch over motorists dangerously zooming through school zones ended indefinitely. The cameras were widely credited with calming traffic at 140 school zones in every city borough, saving an untold number of children from injury or worse. According to the city’s Department of Transportation, speeding during school hours in camera zones dropped by as much as 63 percent. But the 2013 law that authorized the safety cameras was only temporary. And despite nearly universal praise, state legislators this year not only rejected calls to expand the program — they ended their session last month without even issuing it an extension.

Democrats want Florida to suspend all SunPass toll collections until the system is fixed
Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, and the Florida House Democrats will demand that Gov. Rick Scott address the statewide problems with the SunPass tolling system at a press conference in Miami on Wednesday. McGhee’s demands are for the state to suspend all SunPass toll collections until the system is fixed and to appoint an independent auditing committee to investigate FDOT’s “mishandling of the SunPass electronic tolling system upgrade.”

On landmark autonomous vehicle bill, dozens of safety advocates urge Congress not to rush forward
A group of automotive safety advocates, academics and former government officials convened via phone this week to lobby against the passage of the AV START Act, Congress’ attempt to provide guidance to the autonomous vehicle industry. The act, safety advocates claimed on Monday, would actually deregulate the nascent industry. Aside from allowing auto manufacturers to sell autonomous vehicles that don’t meet minimum cybersecurity or “vision-test” standards, stakeholders lamented the legislation’s potential preemption of state- and local-level AV regulation — effectively legalizing the next generation of cars in localities that haven’t prepared any infrastructure for their arrival…

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

Driving Tips

Infrastructure Watch

Tolls in America

Vision Zero Watch

As Los Angeles struggles to reduce traffic deaths, speed limits keep going up (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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