Special Interest Groups Push Repeal Of Federal Speed Camera Funding Ban

Federal grant funds may not be used to subsidize private, for-profit photo radar vendors under current law. A coalition of groups — including several with a financial stake in the issue — are pushing for a repeal of the congressional prohibition. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and National Safety Council last month gathered a handful of special interest groups to petition US House and Senate Transportation Committee leaders to change the law to allow speed camera companies to receive taxpayer dollars. . . Since 2012, Congress has banned the use of what are known as Section 402 grants for speed cameras, as members of Congress from both sides of the political aisle have been skeptical about the motivations behind the use of automated ticketing machines…