a V8 - what's the SORN procedure?
The New Road Tax Rules have been designed as a tough
catchall by requiring the person named as the registered keeper
on the Vehicle Registration Document to be legally responsible for
taxing the vehicle until the DVLA has been notified that the vehicle
is off the road or has been sold, transferred, scrapped or exported.
These new rules are part of the Government's progamme of reform of
the vehicle licensing and registration system in the UK and are clearly
aimed at tackling car crime and the problems with abandoned vehicles
and uninsured motoring. That's fine and very desirable so far as all
honest and responsible V8 enthusiasts are concerned but unfortunately
the suggested rigidity of the new rules and the likely manner in which
they will be applied by DVLA could prove to be an unpleasant surprise
for any V8 enthusiast who is not punctual in submitting a Statutory
Off Road Notification or SORN.
the DVLA's deputy manager, said "the registration system
in Britain has been too friendly, we are looking to slowly tighten
the screw." He said the new system known as "continuous
registration" would catch hundreds of thousands of drivers who
skip a month or two of their road tax by falsely claiming their vehicle
had been off the road when they sign the declaration at the foot of
their next application form for a new tax disc. Damian Green, the
Shadow Transport Secretary, agreed that something needed to be done
about the huge number of untaxed cars on the roads, but said "motorists
will be suspicious that this is just another stealth tax, especially
in the absence of an independent arbiter for cases where genuine
mistakes have been made".
So it is clear that these new rules are not a very pleasant prospect
at all for V8 enthusiasts! Let's just hope the DVLA are not as aggressive
and unfeeling as some VAT inspectors!
Do I need
to notify DVLA when I tax the car and put it back on the road?
The DVLA information indicates that by applying for a new road fund
licence and thereby taxing the car for six or twelve months, you will
automatically remove the existing SORN declaration.
Whichever way you submit the SORN you must keep a record of having
Whether you submit a SORN on the road licence renewal notice Form
V11 submitted at the Post Office, or on Form V85 at the DVLA
Local Office, or on a tax refund claim to DVLA Swansea, or
on Form Online V890 to DVLA Swansea, you
must keep a record of having done so. This is now vital
because it seems the New Car Tax Rules do not allow any scope for
contesting the DVLA fine - except evidence that the SORN was accepted
by a Post Office or at a DVLA Local Office or was posted
to DVLA Swansea!! Nothing concentrates the mind like the prospect
Finally, a SORN only lasts for 12 months so you will need to
make a diary note to renew it - unless of course you tax the car for
another six months of fair weather motoring in the meantime! DVLA
issue a reminder shortly before the expiry of the SORN.
the reply from DVLA to several queries on the acknowledgment letter
sent to confirm a receipt of your SORN - SORN3
V8 Register - MG Car Club
for members who do lay-up their V8 for part of the year, what is
the procedure to avoid being gonged for DVLA fine?
A tax disc is valid for 6 or 12 months and shortly (about two weeks)
before the expiry , the DVLA sends out a renewal reminder on Form
V11. You then have two options - renew the tax or if you
decide to take the car off the road, you have to send in a SORN.
Renewing your tax disc by applying for a new tax disc using
the Form V11 at a licence-issuing Post Office (or using a Form V10
if that is necessary) or by using a Form V85 at a DVLA Local Office.
The location of your nearest DVLA Local Office can be found on the
DVLA website, but usually the nearest licence-issuing Post Office
will be far more convenient. You will need the usual documents -
the Vehicle Registration Document, a current MOT Certificate and
a valid certificate of motor insurance plus of course the payment!
Submitting a SORN by filling in the relevant SORN sections
on the renewal reminder Form V11 and taking it to a licence-issuing
Post Office. When you do submit a SORN at the Post Office, the essential
concern is you must get a nil payment receipt
from the Post Office as evidence of your submitting your SORN otherwise
you will have nothing to prove it was submitted at their counter
and was accepted for delivery to the DVLA!! But do remember, under
the new rules, you have to submit the SORN punctually! If
you decide to submit your SORN at a DVLA Local Office then you need
Form V85. You will need to show the counter-staff your Vehicle Registration
Document, so do not forget to take it with you.
Now there are
two more cases where you could need to submit a SORN - when
you decide to claim a refund for the unexpired portion of a tax
disc and are taking the car off the road or where you have simply
forgotten to submit a SORN when an earlier disc expired.
Claiming a refund of the balance of the road fund licence when
you take the car off the road? John Targett regularly taxes
his MGBGTV8 when he is over from Ohio and then sends in a claim
on Form V14 to DVLA for a refund of the unexpired portion on the
disc as he returns to the US. He has noted that at the bottom of
the refund application form there is a SORN declaration so if you
are making a refund claim, the SORN goes in automatically. As John
says "it makes sense that DVLA make you sign-off for non-use
before they will return the money!"
if I have forgotten to submit a SORN or have lost the renewal reminder
You can download
the SORN form from the DVLA website as Form Online V890,
complete it and send it to DVLA Swansea. Please note, your local
licence-issuing Post Office cannot accept a SORN on Form Online
V890! Do keep a copy with your car's documents so you have a
record of having submitted a SORN.
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