Police Scanner Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR)

Use the police scanner to scan/check every car/bike arriving on Island

Anyone without Insurance will have an option to buy at the sea terminal before leaving the port.

Car tax can also be checked.

If the car/bike does not have an MOT it can be impounded until MOT done.

If any names come up on the wanted list, they can be refused entry

A fine can be imposed on anyone without Tax/Insurance/MOT trying to enter the IOM.

Why the contribution is important

Road Saftey

Money Generating

Easy to implement as only 1 ANPR needed at the sea terminal.

by CastletownIOM on April 07, 2017 at 08:50AM

Current Rating

Average rating: 5.0
Based on: 4 votes


  • Posted by Manxcat April 07, 2017 at 09:15

     Scanning would be needed at loading of the boat in Heysham/Liverpoolrather than on leaving the boat here, as I'm sure the necessary database checks and notifying a police or custons officer which vehicles to pull aside will take more than the few seconds available in Douglas before leaving the port.
  • Posted by Joe1000 April 07, 2017 at 09:49

    Good idea, nice and simple to do
  • Posted by dpfellows April 07, 2017 at 14:00

    Simple, good idea. Better in Douglas as one ANPR unit would cover arrivals from all 4 ports used. As it is when I come off the ferry there is a policeman just standing there so no extra staff required .
  • Posted by Manxcat April 09, 2017 at 11:52

    But I suspect the database checking would not be quick enough between being photograhed leaving the ferry and passing the policeman/woman for him/her to be able know in time to pull the car to one side, and done of us want a 5 minite delay in a holding area before exiting, which is why I suggested better scan on embarkation at the other end, even though that would mean either a scanner at each port or on each boat. If I'm wrong and the database results are available in just a few seconds then indeed Douglas would be possible, though an advantage of the other end would be to enable more police to be drafted in if there was a large number on the same boat.
  • Posted by x April 09, 2017 at 14:56

    very good idea.
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 09, 2017 at 16:05

    Good idea in principle but if English car comes off with no tax or insurance wouldn't money for tax go to English government? And what if they can't pay? In England the car is impounded and they have to pay storage and produce documents for tax etc before release.Cant we have ANPR on Manx police cars as we have enough tax and insurance Dodgers on Island to deal with to warrant the cost as well as getting old bangers off the road which is well overdue.Bring in MOT testing too!Police ANPR car could sit at terminal when boat comes in and scan cars as they come off,any dodgy ones pull to one side and check further.On the cop documentaries I have seen it literally takes seconds for them to know as an alert comes up on the screen and they gotcha!
  • Posted by commonsense April 10, 2017 at 07:34

    the ANPR system is based on a camera reading the number plate, checking a database and ignoring/alerting to the number plate.
    it is automatic and instant. you wouldn't make it off the loading ramp with out the above happening. unless you drive some sort of spectacularly fast car you definitely will not get beyond the sea terminal gates.

  • Posted by dpfellows April 10, 2017 at 16:06

    Presumably non Manx untaxed or uninsured cars could be impounded here too and charges applied for release.

    A better security check than passports
  • Posted by madeleine April 16, 2017 at 23:32

    I believe that UK registered vehicles arriving on the island are given a few weeks to have the Manx test and be re-registered. Realistically this period of time is required. Secondly, through personal experience we were stopped during this time having bought a Scottish registered car across, so I think it's in hand. All vehicles have to be insured and UK Road tax is not relevant here, you simply get a few weeks grace whilst getting the vehicle through the Manx test, same as if you are a visitor.
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