Clampdown on illegally parked cars in Derby and Derbyshire from this week


Motorists could face stiff penalties from today as a crackdown targets untaxed and uninsured cars. The tough new measures are designed to catch drivers who declared their cars off-road to save money but still park them on the street without tax or insurance.

An enforcement officer, who declined to be named, confirmed to Derbyshire Live that a nationwide crackdown on illegal vehicles will begin from today.

Derbyshire Live has posted this to the DVLA which has yet to respond.

USwitch spokeswoman Florence Codjoe issued an urgent warning to motorists about this.

She said it was legally necessary to purchase insurance and pay car tax if your car was parked on the road.

“It can be tempting to cancel your insurance if you don’t use your car this month,” she told The Express.

“However, it is a legal requirement to have insurance if your vehicle is parked on the road, even if it is not in use.

“If you have off-road parking or a private parking space, you can notify the DVLA with a statutory off-road notification (SORN).

“An SORN means your vehicle is officially declared off-road. You can’t drive it anywhere, but you won’t have to pay road tax and you can cancel your insurance. ”

The enforcement officer also said tax-free drivers could also face heavy fines.

He said: ‘If someone local forgot to tax their car in the midst of this pandemic, they will be fined an additional £ 260 just before Christmas. ”

The number of motorists asking for SORNs jumped during the first lockdown, according to Auto Express.

But it’s important to note that SORN apps never expire and don’t need to be automatically renewed.

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This means that many pilots may have forgotten their original SORN application.

And therefore, they could be liable for costs if they decide to use their vehicle.


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