Red-light cameras and mobile enforcement vans have been banned on state and federal roadways by the US state of New Mexico’s Transport Commission.

The prohibition will apply to locations on any New Mexico Department of Transportation-regulated roadway in New Mexico.

New Mexico Transportation Commission chairman Johnny Cope said there was no clear evidence they improved safety and criticised New Mexico cities for focusing on driver-generated revenues rather than traffic management.

State Transportation Secretary Gary Girón said any existing red-light cameras violating the new policy must be removed within 60 days of the implementation of the policy.

“New Mexico Department of Transportation will work with each city on this issue, shutting down and ultimately removing the devices in a timely manner,” Girón said.

Local municipalities, however, can use the automated traffic enforcement devices at their discretion.