How You Could Be Fined Thousands For Trying To Save Money On Road Tax

BRITS could be fined THOUSANDS of pounds for trying to save money on their road tax.

Drivers who declare their cars SORN to avoid road tax while still putting them on the road can be fined £2,500.

The DVLA bans untaxed cars parked on the street


The DVLA bans untaxed cars parked on the streetPhoto credit: Getty

A legal off-road declaration is a declaration by the registered vehicle owner that they are removing their car from the public road.

This eliminates the need for the individual to pay road tax as the notification tells the DVLA that a vehicle is registered but not currently in use.

Those whose insurance and road tax have expired and do not wish to renew may find it more sensible to declare a SORN instead.

Once you create a SORN, your car must remain off the road and stored either in a garage or on private property.

If your car is en route in any way, it must be taxed and insured – that includes parking and leaving it at the curb.

When your vehicle tax expires, the DVLA assumes that your vehicle is no longer on the road. So if you don’t keep your tax up to date you could face a £80 penalty for no road tax – or £100 if the car is uninsured.

It comes as VED is set to rise 46 per cent in April and fuel costs are now 176.7p per liter for diesel and 165.4p for unleaded petrol.

A new analysis of figures showing the number of vehicles declared SORN indicates a worrying trend.

During the pandemic, the way people used their cars changed dramatically, with many declaring their vehicles SORN – which means legal off-road notification where you declared your vehicle not in use and kept off public roads – due to home working and lockdowns affecting the ability to commute or venture far.

The number of cars with SORN status peaked at 3,071,000 in the last quarter of 2020 as the UK entered winter lockdown, an increase of 9% more cars reported as out of service compared to the same period in 2019 were.(v)

And although the number of cars declared as SORN is gradually decreasing, we are far from returning to pre-pandemic levels.

Veygo CEO James Armstrong urges drivers not to cut corners to save money and to review the rules around SORN when they get back on the road to avoid unexpected fines.

He said: “The cost of running a car is increasing, which is putting pressure on people who are cash-strapped. So much so that many people still declare their cars as SORN, possibly to avoid paying road tax.

“SORN status might seem like a tempting way to save money, but if you’re still driving your car when it’s supposed to be off the road you could face a £2,500 fine.

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“This could also land you with an IN10 conviction for driving without insurance. While paying road tax is unavoidable, if you don’t use your car very often, you can save by taking out temporary car insurance for just one hour.

“Just remember, if you’re trying to save money, be careful not to make cuts that could land you in significant fines and out of your pocket even more.” How You Could Be Fined Thousands For Trying To Save Money On Road Tax

Fry Electronics Team

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