What is SORN?
SORN stands for statutory off road notification and lets you avoid having to pay tax or insurance on that vehicle. If you manage a motor fleet, you will no doubt know what SORN is and how it can be used to the benefit of your company. In a nutshell, applying for SORN will enable you to stop paying tax and reduce fleet insurance for a fleet vehicle that will no longer be driven on the public roads in the UK.
For those of you that have an off-road only vehicle, you need to know what SORN is and how it will affect your pocketbook. Understanding this legal technicality about owning a vehicle that will not be used on a public road begins with what the acronym stands for, Statutory Off Road Notification.
What can I declare as SORN?
Examples of vehicles that will fall under this category of motorized vehicles include land transportation that will only be used on private land of the owner of the vehicle. It will also include an off-road vehicle that will be transported to locations off of public roads for use as entertainment or amusement by the owner of the vehicle.
Other vehicles that can be classified as SORN include this collectible and scrap vehicles stored in garages.
What if I don't apply for SORN
As a legal point, if a SORN is not declared or the official paperwork is not completed, an owner of a vehicle can be fined up to £80 for owning a vehicle and not paying taxes on it.
How to get a vehicle listed as SORN
If your vehicle is not roadworthy, not taxed and uninsured, it must be declared SORN as soon as possible. If this is not done, you may well be fined.
Recent change to SORN
A recent change to the SORN system is that once a vehicle is listed as a SORN, it will remain there indefinitely. In the past, each vehicle had to be relisted every 12 months. That requirement has been removed. SORN is one method that if applies can help lower fleet running costs associated with a business fleet.
For the car restoring enthusiasts, once their vehicle is close to or is ready for use on a public road, insurance and taxes must be paid before the vehicle can be tested on a public road in the UK. If this is not done, then the owner and driver of the vehicle can be fined for operating an illegal vehicle on public roads. SORN and building your fleet of vehicles, if done correctly, will lift your operating profits.