COLUMBUS, OHIO – Ohio Gov. Bob Taft has vetoed Sub. HB 56, which would have regulated the use of traffic cameras, limiting the ability of Cleveland, Columbus, and other cities to use cameras. The Ohio Vehicle Leasing Association (OVLA) supported the bill. Under the legislation, cities could contact lessors (or rentors) but could not require them to either pay citations or inform the authorities who was in possession of the vehicle. OVLA had suggested the lessor/rentor inform the authorities in much the same manner as with parking tickets, law written and enacted into law at OVLA’s urging by the legislature approximately 20 years ago. The veto of the bill involving use of cameras that photograph motorists effectively kills it because the legislature that passed the bill adjourned at the end of 2006 and thus the veto cannot be overridden. It can, however, be reintroduced in the new or 127th Ohio General Assembly which convened Jan. 2. Taft said the red-light camera bill violated the right of cities and local governments to pass laws affecting their jurisdictions. The outgoing governor said he was especially concerned that a requirement in the bill to mount cameras on a permanently fixed structure in school zones could make it impractical for cities “to act to protect the safety of school children.”

Originally posted on Fleet Financials