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Vehicle Number Plates: Fire Services

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 12 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans there are to integrate on-board cameras on fire engines into the Automated Number Plate Recognition database. (141825)

There are no plans to integrate on-board cameras on fire engines with the DVLA’s Automatic Number Plate Recognition [ANPR] database of unlicensed vehicles. DVLA’s ANPR system is subject to stringent type approval testing by the Home Office to enable detected offenders to be taken to court for prosecution direct from the digital image captured by the cameras. Other cameras are not type approved and therefore offenders detected by other cameras would not be subject to prosecution.