Decision details

PCC DN - GMP Funding for Night Vision Goggles

Decision Maker: Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


GMP has seen high risk drivers evading camera detection and drivers having vehicle licence plates doctored so that camera systems will not be able to read the plate.

Evasion from cameras occurs when a film/coating is applied to a number plate. Enforcement cameras – both handheld and static cameras – work by using infra-red light to read a plate.

Where a coating is applied to characters on the plate this causes the cameras to fail to read the correct registration for the vehicle.

The driver can avoid detection and continue dangerous driving behaviours thanks to their “ghost plate.” These devices will be deployed across several teams each with a particular focus.


Funding of £8099.28 is approved to be spent by GMP to purchase 60 sets of infra-red night vision goggles to support enforcement.

Publication date: 08/07/2024

Date of decision: 28/06/2024