ENGINEERS AND motoring groups this week welcomed new government guidelines which recommend that cameras are used to boost safety and not just raise money.
Guidance from the Department for Transport says that camera use should strike a balance between safety and public hostility.
The new rules tighten up the definition of what is considered a dangerous road to prevent widespread installation of fixed cameras over long stretches of road.
This is intended to prevent the mass installation of cameras and head off accusations that they are being used just to raise money.
'The main thrust of the new rules is to change the emphasis from introduction of cameras to management of existing installations, ' said ICE Municipal Board chairman Douglas Pigg.
But campaigners at the Slower Speeds Initiative (SSI) accused the DfT of pandering to motorists by 'making enforcement more difficult'.
'No one should apologise for simply enforcing the law, especially when the safety effects are so clearly demonstrated, ' said an SSI spokeswoman.
She said the rules continued to allow cameras to be installed only after accidents had happened. 'The idea people have to be killed or injured first is morally wrong, ' she said.