Isle of Man News - POSTED Fri 04-05-2012

UK Registered vehicles on the Isle of Man

by Lisa Corkish

UK Registered vehicles on the Isle of Man

The Department of Infrastructure would like to remind Island residents of the importance of registering vehicles imported  to the Isle of Man.  


The Department wishes to address continuing concerns that, whilst UK-registered vehicles are being brought into the Island when people relocate here, or when residents import a UK registered vehicle, in many cases they are not subsequently being registered through the DoI, which is the Isle of Man’s Licensing Authority.  This means that the Isle of Man is not receiving duty for these vehicles and consequently receives no contribution from their owners towards the upkeep of the roads.  As well as being an offence this is considered to be anti-social in that other road users are in effect subsidising these individuals.


The Road Vehicle Regulations 2006 state that vehicles belonging to Isle of Man residents must be registered as soon as reasonably possible, except for persons in temporary accommodation when a maximum of twelve months is allowed before registering in the Isle of Man.  Vehicles must be registered in the Isle of Man as soon as the vehicle owner has a permanent address on the Island; however, the Department normally allows one month’s grace for individuals to make the necessary arrangements.


Should a non-Manx vehicle road fund licence expire, the Department wishes to emphasise that it is illegal to park or drive that vehicle on Manx roads. 


In order to tax a vehicle, which can be arranged at any Post Office, it must first be registered.  To register a vehicle under 3 years old, the forms should be completed and taken to the Post Office.  Vehicles over 3 years old are required to pass a roadworthiness test at the Department’s Vehicle Testing Centre before the vehicle can be registered.


The Department reminds vehicle owners that it will be enforcing penalties against vehicles that remain un-registered or untaxed, with a maximum fine of £1,000.


The necessary forms can be obtained at Post Offices or the Sea Terminal or on line at


Further advice can be obtained by phoning the Vehicle Testing Centre on 686741 or 686836.

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