You cannot just stop paying tax. You can only drive a vehicle with a sorn on a public road to go to or from a pre booked mot or other testing appointment.
If you decide not to park or drive your vehicle on a public road you can choose to declare it sorn with the driver and vehicle licensing agency dvla.
Sorn my car rules. Register your vehicle as off the road sorn tell dvla you re taking your vehicle off the road for example if you re keeping it in a garage. The only exception is while driving to or from a pre booked mot station or other testing appointment. Your vehicle must stay in the uk for your sorn.
This is sometimes called a statutory off road. The letter then goes on to warn you unconditionally not to use your vehicle or keep it on a public road while the sorn is in force. You face court prosecution and a fine of up.
A statement from gov uk says. A sorn is a statutory off road notification a way of letting the dvla know that your car does not require insurance an mot or tax. Motorists can be fined 80 for failing to tax a car if it hasn t been registered with a sorn.
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. If you are caught without a sorn you will be sent an insurance advisory letter ial informing you of you vehicle s uninsured status and threatening penalty action unless the situation is addressed and the car insured and taxed with any tax due in arrears paid. While this fine can be reduced on appeal it can also increase up to 1 000 in a court settlement if left unpaid.
The sorn lasts for 12 months. You do not need to renew a sorn. If you have a sorn you will not be able to drive your car but this also means you won t need to insure or tax it.
Whichever way you submit the sorn you must keep a record of having done so. Your sorn is automatically cancelled when you tax your vehicle again or it s sold scrapped or permanently exported. While insurance isn t required by the dlva for a car.
Sorn rules do not allow you to drive on a public road. Using a vehicle on the road for any other reason is likely to result in a court prosecution and a fine up to 2 500. Dvla says we will send you a reminder as long as you are still the registered keeper of the vehicle and there have been no other changes.
A statutory off road notification or sorn is used to inform the driver and vehicle licensing agency dvla that your car is off the road. Registering a sorn means the car s owner can avoid paying vehicle tax.