Should you SORN your vehicle?
30 July 2020
Everything you need to know about taking your car off the road.
What is a SORN?SORN stands for Statutory Off Road Notification and is how you tell the DVLA that you’re taking your car off the road. If you declare your car as off the road your are no longer legally obliged to insure or tax it. You can’t drive the vehicle or park it on any public road; it has to be stored on private land, in a garage or on a driveway. If the vehicle is found to be on a public road you could potentially be prosecuted and fined up to £2,500!
You can only legally cancel your insurance and tax if you have submitted a SORN to the DVLA, otherwise you could be fined up to £1,000.If your vehicle is off the road there is no requirement to have a valid MOT, although taking the car to a pre-booked MOT is the only reason for legally driving the car on a public road.
Why SORN my vehicle?There are a few reasons why you might consider making a SORN for your vehicle, including:
- Your car has been written off and stripping for parts before scrapping it
- You have bought a classic car and want to restore it
- You’re going away for a while but don’t want to sell your car