The Government has made some changes to the regulations for Continuous Insurance of vehicles in the UK. From 16 December, it will no longer be necessary to renew a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) on an annual basis, while you’re the owner of the car. However, if you sell a car on a SORN, the new owner will need to register it to himself and declare his own SORN. The SORN does not pass from one keeper to another.
The change, announced by Roads Minister Robert Goodwill, is part of a package of measures to get rid of unnecessary red tape. Last year, around four million SORNs were made, with more than one million of those repeat renewals. Additionally, registered keepers will no longer need to have their insurance certificates checked when re-taxing a vehicle.
The changes to insurance checks have been made possible because DVLA regularly checks existing databases for insurance under Continuous Insurance Enforcement rules. The DVLA’s records are compared regularly with the Motor Insurance Database to identify registered keepers of vehicles that have no insurance.
The Continuous Insurance Enforcement (CIE) scheme to tackle uninsured motorists was launched in June 2011 making it an offence to be the keeper of an uninsured vehicle whether on the road or not, unless a SORN has been declared on the vehicle. Information is cross-checked between the Motor Insurance Database (MID) and DVLA keeper records.
Since 2005 the police have had the power to seize uninsured vehicles and, in 2011, 140,000 vehicles were seized.
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