Working in partnership with the Isle of Man Constabulary, the Department of Infrastructure has developed a new Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system that can be used to help reduce the number of untaxed and illegal vehicles in use on the public roads. Previous traffic surveys have shown that approximately 3% of vehicles driving on the roads, and up to 6% of vehicles parked on the public highway, are not displaying a valid tax disc.
The new ANPR system will scan vehicle registrations as vehicles drive past. This information will then be checked against the vehicle database to check if the annual vehicle duty has been paid. If the duty has not been paid, officers may issue reminders or take any appropriate enforcement action.
The new system will be introduced over the next few months at various locations around the Island. The technology is capable of reading car registrations regardless of the speed of the vehicle or density of the traffic. Strict guidelines and procedures are in place to ensure that the system is operated in full compliance with the Data Protection Act.
Vehicle duty can be paid online at www.gov.im following the instructions on your renewal notice or alternatively in any Post Office. It is an offence under Section 5 of the Licensing and Registration of Vehicles Act 1985 for a person to use or keep a vehicle on a road without a current vehicle licence, the maximum penalty is a fine of £1,000.
For further information please contact Nigel Foster, Network Services Manager, Telephone +44 1624 686673.