TheNewspaper.com Roundup: April 30, 2018

In this week’s TheNewspaper.com Roundup!

–VA Supremes one step from banning License Plate Spying–

–OH Supremes skeptical over municipal speed cam suit–

–WA State VMT Tax experiment cost $2000 per participant–

Friday, April 27, 2018
Virginia Supreme Court One Step From Banning License Plate Spying
Police use of automated license plate readers (ALPR or ANPR) to track motorists may soon come to an end in Virginia. The state Supreme Court on Thursday took a big step toward finding that the devices may violate state laws governing data privacy.

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Ohio Supreme Court Skeptical Over Municipal Speed Camera Suit
The city of Toledo’s attempt to overturn a state law restricting funding to cities that misuse speed cameras received a cold reception Tuesday before the Ohio Supreme Court. Despite the court majority’s sympathy toward automated ticketing, justices were openly critical of the way Toledo went about challenging the General Assembly’s enactment of a budget, House Bill 64, that reduced funding for localities that failed to adhere to statewide photo ticketing standards.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Bus Camera Companies Fight In Federal Court
BusPatrol claims American Traffic Solutions (ATS) stole its secret technologies. The upstart photo ticketing vendor told a Dallas County, Texas, judge that ATS surreptitiously obtained one of the firm’s bus cameras so it could be reverse engineer the process used for ticketing motorists from a school bus. Judge Martin Hoffman last week found the allegation serious enough that he immediately issued an ex parte order forcing ATS to return all BusPatrol equipment. “Ex parte” refers to the decision having been made based solely on BusPatrols assertions without any prior notice of the proceedings being given to ATS.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Washington Mileage Tax Test Costs $2000 Per Participant
Federal taxpayers will pay over $2000 for each motorist who volunteers to participate in a per-mile tax experiment in Washington. The state transportation commission met last week to review progress on the road usage charging pilot project, which was funded by a $3.8 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration.

Monday, April 23, 2018
France, Germany, UK: Speed Cameras Taken Out
A man in a hood climbed on top of a car issuing automated tickets to vehicles in the bus lane at Falls Road in West Belfast, Northern Ireland on Tuesday and disabled the camera. According to Belfast Live, the driver of the camera car got out and a fight ensued.

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