SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification)
What is a SORN?
SORN is abbreviated as Statutory Off Road Notification and needs to be applied when one has decided not to use or drive their vehicle any longer. The driver and vehicle agency will thus be informed about the vehicle and will make sure that it isn’t driven on public road. This will also ensure that the driver doesn’t pay any extra tax or insurance pertaining to the vehicle. Tax that is directly related to one’s vehicle and which are remaining would be paid back to the vehicle’s owner. If you are planning to not drive your vehicle on public road, then make sure send across the information to the driver and vehicle agency and is absolutely crucial that you do that. One cannot just stop paying their vehicle’s tax and insurance and if you do that, then you would have to pay a huge amount as fine. If you are planning on taking your vehicle off the road, then make sure you inform and register for SORN without fail.
What's the importance of it?
- Registering for SORN is of high importance and needs to be done at the right time, if one is planning to get their vehicle off the public road.
- As per the Continuous Insurance Enforcement rules and regulations, it is mandatory for a vehicle to get it covered by an insurance policy or scheme and it's absolutely mandatory for the owner to pay the insurance on time every time. If the owner has decided not to use the vehicle, then he or she has to immediately register their vehicle with SORN, which will provide an indication to the driver and vehicle agency, that the vehicle hereafter won’t be driven on the public road. If the vehicle is found on the public road, in spite of getting it registered with Statutory Off Road Notification, then the owner would immediately be fined followed by stricter rules and protocols.
- Authorities sure have a great eye for uninsured cars and can find them in a moment. Thus if you are continuing to use your vehicle, then make sure you get it insured. If you are not driving the vehicle, then make sure you get it registered with SORN, which will automatically intimate the driver and vehicle agency that the vehicle is restricted from being driven on public roads.
If a vehicle that hasn’t been registered with Statutory Off Road Notification and which has not been insured will be sent an IAL, which is Insurance Advisory Letter, which indicates the user that the vehicle hasn’t been insured. This letter shouldn’t be ignored and needs to be kept in mind by the user. The user immediately has to take action and pay their car insurance or register their vehicle with Statutory Off Road Notification. If none of the mentioned things are taken care of, then the user would be fined heavily, which the user has to pay without fail and within the given deadline.
What if I failed to declare a SORN?
If a person hasn’t declared their vehicle with Statutory Off Road Notification, then they would be fined with a notice of £100, which has to be paid by the owner in due time. This could be followed by your vehicle getting seized, or even disposed of by the concerned official. There’s also a chance of you getting prosecuted, apart from being fined with a maximum limit of £1,000.
Here are a few reasons why a person might register their vehicle for SORN:
- If they are about to purchase a new vehicle: If you are about to purchase a new vehicle and not use the previous one that often, then it is ideal to register your old one with SORN without fail. One needs to pay tax and insurance for vehicles that are not registered with Statutory Off Road Notification as those vehicles would still be considered as functioning ones by the government and if you want to avoid extra payments of tax and insurance, then make sure your register your previous vehicle with SORN without fail and immediately after your purchase your new one.
- If your vehicle is damaged: If your vehicle is damaged and you are planning to replace it, then make sure you register it with Statutory Off Road Notification without fail. Damaged vehicles are an indication that it cannot be used further and thus needs to be registered in order to indicate the driver and vehicle agency that the vehicle won’t be used in public hereafter.
- If your vehicle isn’t insured: You would have to register your vehicle with Statutory Off Road Notification, if your vehicle hasn’t been insured. Driving an uninsured vehicle is a punishable offense, for which you can get fined up to a maximum of £1,000. Thus, make sure you either insure your vehicle or register it with Statutory Off Road Notification.
- If one’s vehicle’s tax expires: The same rule applies as of insurance, and thus one needs to make sure that their vehicle is either taxed properly or registered with Statutory Off Road Notification to avoid any further hindrance.
When do you need to make a SORN?
A Statutory Off Road Notification registration for one’s vehicle is necessary when one’s vehicle is either damaged, if one purchases a new one or if one hasn’t insured or taxed their vehicle on time.
A new car that hasn’t been taxed or insured immediately has to be registered with SORN without fail. Failing to register one's vehicle with SORN, could lead to a lot of complications.
A new car can be registered for SORN alone without registering it for tax or insurance. This is possible only if the vehicle is duly registered with SORN and the driver and vehicle agency is informed duly on time.
If an owner decides to scrap their vehicle parts first, then they would have to register their vehicle with Statutory Off Road Notification without fail.
If an owner isn’t able to register their vehicle for tax or insurance, then they can directly register their vehicle with SORN. A vehicle that hasn’t been insured, taxed or registered with SORN would not be allowed to be driven, and this has to be kept in mind by the owner when he purchases a new vehicle or while he drives an old one that hasn’t been insured or taxed for a long time.
If you are planning to register your vehicle with Statutory Off Road Notification, then you would need to have the following information.
- Your registration number
- Model and vehicle number
- The 16 digit reference number that one can obtain from their car’s logbook.
A person who is having a SORN registered vehicle would be allowed to drive it only when he or she is on their way to Mot test, which is pre-booked and not instant.
If you are seen driving a SORN registered vehicle, then you would be demanded to pay a fine of £2500 and sometimes even more than that.
The Driver’s and Vehicle Licensing Agency is sponsored by the Department of Transport and is an executive agency that has more than 39 million vehicle records with them. When a vehicle is registered with SORN, it is then intimated to the Driver’s and Vehicle Licensing Agency, which makes sure that the vehicle isn’t driven on the public road by the driver. The Driver’s and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s record are considered to be major source of evidence in all case pertaining to vehicle and accident-related crime and fraud.
The owner can also contact the Driver’s and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s Contact center and make a verbal declaration about the SORN registration of their vehicle.
One would have to pay a Driver’s and Vehicle Licensing Agency fine if the vehicle isn’t insured, if the vehicle hasn’t been declared that it is off the road and that it won’t be driven again on the public road. The owner would also have to pay the Driver’s and Vehicle Licensing Agency fine, if the vehicle hasn’t been taxed properly on time and with the concerned official.
A Driver’s and Vehicle Licensing Agency penalty letter will be provided by the agency which will tell the concerned person how much fine they need to pay and by when.
SORN my Car/ SORN A Vehicle
- One can cancel their vehicle tax and inform the Driver’s and Vehicle Licensing Agency that their vehicle is no longer used by them and that the vehicle is no longer with them.
- One can cancel their vehicle tax by informing the Driver’s and Vehicle Licensing Agency that their vehicle is no longer with them and that they have sold it to someone else or they have transferred it to someone else. You can also inform the Driver’s and Vehicle Licensing Agency that the vehicle is no longer on roads and that it is placed somewhere in a garage or in some other storage location. Once you register with Statutory Off Road Notification, you cannot drive your vehicle again, and if you do so, then you would have to pay a hefty amount of fine to the concerned official.
- If the vehicle has been written off by the insurance company, then the vehicle tax can be cut by the Driver’s and Vehicle Licensing Agency.
- If your vehicle has been stolen, then you can request the Driver’s and Vehicle Licensing Agency to cancel your vehicle tax.
- If your vehicle has been exported out of the United Kingdom, then you can ask the Driver’s and Vehicle Licensing Agency to cancel your vehicle tax.
- If your vehicle is not registered with SORN, then your vehicle would be stopped by the concerned official along with an automatic fine that has to be paid by the registered owner of the vehicle. The registered owner of the vehicle has ti pay about £80, which is a must and cannot be waived off. People who fail to pay the fine, would be penalized followed by a hefty fine, which would have to be paid on time without fail. A judge statement by the County Court might also be raised against the registered owner of the non-SORN vehicle, who would have to pay about £1000 as fine, which is the minimum amount of fine and could increase depending upon the County Court’ judgment and decision.
A registered owner would also be fined if they falsely register for a vehicle which should actually be taxed. In such a case, a hefty fine would be demanded from the registered owner, who has to pay the fine on time. The fine amount can go to a maximum of £5000, which again solely depends on the concerned official. If the registered owner refuses or fails to pay the fine amount, then they would have to pay a heftier amount followed by the sale of their vehicle, without prior permission from the owner themselves. The impoundment is also likely to happen if the registered owner refuses to pay the fine on time.
Here are a few penalties for non-SORN
Getting the vehicle back on the road
- An untaxed vehicle will be clamped or removed by the concerned official, if the vehicle in spite of being registered with Statutory Off Road Notification is driven on a public road and if it is not driven on a public road, in spite of not being registered with Statutory Off Road Notification.
- You can get your vehicle unclamped by calling the number that is present on the backside of the INF32 leaflet that would have been left on your vehicle as a result of not paying your tax or insurance on time.
- What to do if one’s vehicle is removed?
- The first and foremost step is not to panic and find where your vehicle exactly is. One needs to always be alert and look for their vehicle then and there. Trying to find one’s vehicle days after it getting lost won’t make any sense and would make it even more difficult for the officials to find it. After finding where your vehicle is, you now have to pay the release fee to the concerned official, and in some cases, the official might ask you to show your ID proof and your driving license, in order to confirm that the vehicle is actually yours.
- The next and the most important step would be to show your receipt to the concerned official, proving the fact that you indeed have paid your vehicle tax.
- If you haven’t paid your vehicle tax, then it would become even more difficult for you to get your vehicle back without any hindrance.
- If you aren’t sure where your vehicle is, then make sure you call your nearest police station or by calling NSL. They would know where your vehicle is and why it has been taken or seized away. Make sure you provide them details about your vehicle such as its vehicle number, model and its registration number without fail.
- A surety deposit can also be paid if you haven’t taxed the vehicle, prior to getting it released. This can be done by either paying it online or by taking over the phone to concerned officials. You would have to pay about £160 for cars and motorcycles and about £ 700 for other types and varieties of vehicles.
- If you get your vehicle released within 24 hours of it getting clamped or seized, then there are high chances that you would have to pay less as compared to getting vehicles after 24 hours of getting it clamped or seized.
- One’s vehicle would be sold or disposed of, if the owner refuses to pay off the surety deposit, which is a must. The surety deposit is mandatory and has to paid by owners whose vehicles have been seized or clamped.
- If one has debts toward their concerned local council, then their vehicle would be wheel clamped which is quite rare and is done only in cases of debts towards one’s local council, or if one has penalty charge notices that have been left unpaid for quite some time. Penalty charge notices need to be paid from time and time, and with proper due, failure to do so could lead to the clamp of one’s vehicle.
SORN Office Contact
The information phone line is 0300 790 6802 and can be contacted if one has any questions or queries pertaining to SORN registration and its various rules, regulations, and protocols.
18001 0300 123 1279 is their another contact number, which can be dialed to know more about the SORN procedure.
The following is the email address to which one can send their queries and doubts regarding SORN registration.
One can also send them a post to this address
Vehicle Customer Services,
You can also use their online service which is available at this URL.
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