MACo: Don’t Needlessly Shackle Speed Camera Programs

On Thursday, Les Knapp testified alongside a representative from Maryland Municipal League in opposition to HB 776 Vehicle Laws – Speed Monitoring Systems – Operation in School Zones.

This bill would significantly undermine local school zone speed camera programs by imposing unreasonable, costly, and unnecessary requirements.

From the MACo Testimony:

HB 776 provides that for each school zone speed camera activated, placed, repaired, or altered on or after June 1, 2019, there must be a device that displays real-time posting of the speed at which a vehicle is traveling in each direction of a roadway and in close proximity to the boundary of the school zones. The bill also prohibits a contractor’s fee from exceeding 30% of the gross revenue generated by the speed camera system.

The bill’s provisions are unnecessary and have been previously rejected by this Committee last year (see HB 1365 of 2018). More broadly, during the 2013 and 2014 Sessions, this Committee formed a stakeholders’ workgroup to take a comprehensive look at the administration of local government speed camera programs. The work of the Committee ultimately led to the passage of an omnibus bill (HB 929 and SB 350 of 2014). MACo supported the bi-partisan legislation, which included new program safeguards and needed clarifications. There have been no reported systemic issues with local speed camera programs since the passage of the legislation.

For more on 2019 MACo legislation, visit the Legislative Database.

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