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18 | Overdrive | February 2019 Stoneridge Inc. announced that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted its exemption application to allow its MirrorEye Camera Monitor System to be installed as an alternative to con- ventional rear-vision mirrors cur- rently required on commercial motor vehicles. The five-year exemption granted in December allows MirrorEye- equipped trucks to operate in tandem with an integrated system of cameras and digital displays. In its decision, FMCSA said use of the Stoneridge system provides truck drivers "with an enhanced field of view when compared to the required rear-vision mirrors" because it eliminates blind spots on both sides of the truck and expands the field of view by an estimated 25 percent. The agency also said the system's trailer panning feature automatically tracks the end of the trailer to keep it in view when the truck is mov- ing forward, potentially eliminating right-hand-turn collisions. — Matt Cole FMCSA OKs rearview camera The MirrorEye monitors are mounted inside the cab on the A-pillars and provide three views: a wide angle, a narrow angle and a pas- senger-side "look-down." The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is suing the state of Indiana and several state officials, including Gov. Eric Holcomb, over the state's move to institute a 35 per- cent increase in toll prices for Class 3 and larger trucks that operate on Interstates 80 and 90. OOIDA is seeking to overturn the toll increases and also wants refunds of what it calls the "exces- sive" tolls paid since the October increase went into effect. The group argues that the tolls violate the U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause and discriminate against out-of-state truck operators. OOIDA also alleges that the $1 bil- lion in revenue expected to be gener- ated by the tolls "was earmarked in its entirety for projects not function- ally related to the toll road." Projects cited by OOIDA included expanding rural broadband access, accelerating the completion of I-69, adding new interchanges on U.S. 31, adding more flights from Indianapolis' airport and building hiking and biking trails. Rachel Hoffmeyer, press secretary for Holcomb, said the governor's office refutes OOIDA's claims that the tolls are unconstitutional and that the state will "vigorously defend" against the lawsuit. OOIDA's suit also takes aim at the Indiana Toll Road Concession Co., the Indiana Finance Authority and Indiana DOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness. The toll increase on I-90 and com- bined I-80 across Indiana brought tolls on Class 8 trucks traveling across the entirety of the state from $44.50 to $60.07 with cash or from $44.46 to $60.02 with E-ZPass. The Indiana Toll Road spans 157 miles between the Ohio Turnpike and the Chicago Skyway. "The governor has admitted pub- licly that the increased tolls on truck- ers were intended for out-of-state users," said Todd Spencer, OOIDA president. "He seems to think that, in his own words, 'capturing other people's money' is OK. He would be very wrong about that. Truckers are not rolling piggy banks." — Matt Cole OOIDA sues Indiana over tolling plan

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