A survey by a popular classic vehicle insurance provider has revealed that 35 per cent of classic vehicle owners may not be registering their vehicles as off the road and therefore breaking the law. Tiger.co.uk reminds motorists, particularly motorbike riders, to ensure they are taking the correct measures to register vehicles as off road.
In April 2011 the Continuous Insurance Enforcement (CIE) was introduced which means that it is now compulsory to have constant insurance in place on any vehicle unless you have completed a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN).
This is applicable to both cars and motorbikes, but is possibly less well documented for motorcycles. Motorcycle owners who take their vehicles off the road for periods without insurance (for example, if the vehicle is garaged over the winter months), have a legal requirement to register the bike as off road with the DVLA. If a motorbike is found to be off road without insurance in place, and is not listed with the DVLA as having a SORN, the DVLA has authority to carry out enforcement action against the owner.
The survey found that 8 percent of the 3,500 classic vehicle owners surveyed did not know what action to take when taking a car or bike off the road – a worrying statistic for insured drivers as uninsured motorists are reported to be costing other drivers in the region of £380 million per year.*
Andrew Goulborn, Commercial Director for car and motorbike insurance comparison site Tiger.co.uk commented: “The CIE rules that any vehicle registered within the UK has to be covered by third party insurance as a minimum or declared off road with a SORN. This is particularly important to note for motorbike riders and owners of classic vehicles as these motorists tend to take their vehicles off road for periods of time for restoration work or garaging during the colder months. The advice is that if you intend to drive on roads within the UK stay insured, if you are not and you have not made a SORN then you could face penalties. Using a comparison site like Tiger.co.uk to shop around for your insurance can save you money. Tiger.co.uk offers motorbike insurance quotes
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* Source direct.gov.uk