Warn­ing for Sorn’d clas­sics

Own­ers need to reap­ply when they go tax ex­empt

Practical Classics (UK) - - CLASSIC WORLD -

AS­tatu­tory Off Road No­ti­fi­ca­tion anom­aly has come to light after reader Sean White con­tacted Pc. After ap­ply­ing to have his SORN’D 1977 Ford Es­cort MKII 1600 Sport classed as His­toric un­der the new DVLA rules he re­ceived the new V5 back show­ing the clas­si­fi­ca­tion as His­toric. He then re­ceived a let­ter from MID (Mo­tor In­sur­ance Database) say­ing he was about to be fined for hav­ing no in­sur­ance.

‘The car was on SORN and had been for the past 10 years or so,’ he told Pc. ‘It’s in dry stor­age wait­ing its turn for restora­tion.’ Sean rang the MID and was in­formed that it was act­ing on in­for­ma­tion from DVLA about taxed ve­hi­cles with no in­sur­ance. He then checked the ‘Is it taxed?’ sec­tion of the DVLA web­site and found it was show­ing the Es­cort as taxed un­til May next year, but with no MOT. The DVLA con­firmed the ap­pli­ca­tion for His­toric clas­si­fi­ca­tion is also an ap­pli­ca­tion to tax the ve­hi­cle mak­ing the ef­fect of an ap­pli­ca­tion to en­ter the His­toric tax­a­tion class, a re­quest to re­li­cence the ve­hi­cle. So, if a keeper wishes their ve­hi­cle to stay off the road they need to make a new SORN, as any pre­vi­ous SORN would not still ap­ply.

Bob Owen from the Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle clubs con­firmed the ex­is­tence of the is­sue and gave the fol­low­ing ad­vice: ‘We do not think that DVLA makes this quite clear in its guid­ance and we will be ap­proach­ing it on this ques­tion.’ The so­lu­tion to the prob­lem is, once you re­ceive the V5 back with the His­toric clas­si­fi­ca­tion, de­clare SORN again.

An EU di­rec­tive – the re­sponse to the VNUK re­port and con­sul­ta­tion – that all mo­torised ve­hi­cles whether on the road, race track, pri­vate land or on in stor­age should be in­sured by law, is be­ing op­posed in an un­prece­dented pan-euro­pean state­ment from In­sur­ance Eu­rope. Based on the as­ser­tion that the di­rec­tive is un­clear and ill-de­fined, In­sur­ance Eu­rope is re­quest­ing it be re­pealed for cars cur­rently on SORN and also those in­volved in mo­tor­sport.

‘Once you get the V5, you must de­clare SORN again’

Is your car His­toric? Check it is SORN’D if off the road.

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