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Whitby backs speed camera court plea

ICE PRESIDENT Mark Whitby this week supported a High Court challenge to the government's policy of making speed cameras visible.

The challenge lodged by lobby group Transport 2000 is seeking a judicial review of a government ruling that speed cameras must be made clearly visible and only placed in areas where fatality rates exceed four deaths every three years.

It follows a four month campaign against the ruling that forces local authorities to comply if they are to keep money from fines and reinvest it in further safety measures (NCE 20 June).

'We need to start genuinely enforcing urban speeds, and the yellow camera is at times not appropriate, ' said Whitby.

'We as engineers have a duty of care to society and have to be seen to be acting. I am a keen supporter of this challenge.'

The judicial review will determine whether the government acted lawfully in imposing the ruling on the local authorities.

The ruling was heavily criticised in June by a transport, local government and the regions select committee report on road traffic speed. It said that 'the new rules about the visibility and location of cameras are unreasonable. People will die as a result.'

Earlier this month the government rejected the select committee's criticism. It said that the success of speed cameras relied on councils locating them in areas where there have been the greatest numbers of fatal accidents.

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