Click here to add your MG News.
With the introduction of Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) from 31st
January 1998, the DVLA has removed the option to 'do nothing' from motorists
to delay their payment of vehicle excise duty when they receive a vehicle
Richard Verge, Head of Operations at DVLA, said "The introduction of SORN will significantly reduce the opportunity for tax dodgers (known as "month skippers") to evade vehicle excise duty. Law abiding motorists need not fear the new regulations. However, motorists who avoid compliance will be targetted. By law, keepers will have to provide a SORN declaration which advises DVLA that the vehicle is neither used nor kept on a public road, and is therefore not liable to vehicle excise duty. In the majority of cases this declaration will be made on the tax renewal reminder form (V11) issued by DVLA. The SORN arrangements will ensure that those who previously evaded paying road tax will not be allowed to get away with it any more. It will make a significant contribution to reducing the overall tax burden that is carried by those who pay in full".
Tax dodgers will now be readily identified - the recently introduced three part registration document helps ensure the accuracy of the vehicle keeper information held at DVLA is bang up to date, whilst the introduction of SORN means that DVLA will know if a vehicle is neither taxed nor declared off the road. If a vehicle has neither a valid tax disc nor a valid SORN declaration, the DVLA will be able to trace the registered vehicle keeper and take necessary action to ensure compliance with the law. Failure to make a SORN declaration may result in prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000 or five times the annual rate of duty of the vehicle, whichever is the greater. Vehicle keepers making a false declaration risk prosecution and a maximum penalty of up to £5,000 or two years imprisonment.
Vehicle keepers who are taking their vehicle off the road and retaining them can apply for a refund of vehicle excise duty and declare SORN at the same time by completing the V14 or V33. Notes on these forms explain what to do. If you need to declare SORN and you do not have a V11 or V85/1 and are not applying for a refund of duty, you can do so on form V890. This form is available from the DVLA Customer Enquiry Unit or from Vehicle Registration Offices.
For further information, contact Sean Lees or Graham Buckingham at Wyndham Leigh PR on 0171 371 5335.
S.O.R.N. & THE CLASSIC VEHICLE OWNER
What is SORN?
Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) is the latest initiative in the fight against vehicle tax dodgers for evading some £175 million each year. From 31st January 1998 (SORN) will be introduced. Keepers will be required to notify the DVLA if they intend to keep their vehicle off the road unlicensed. When a vehicle licence expires, or surrendered for refund, the keeper of the vehicle will be required by law to notify DVLA. SORN applies to vehicles licensed on or after 31 January 1998.
MGCC Home Page