Clause 187 - Vehicles not kept or used on public road

Part of Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 10:45 am ar 18 Mehefin 2013.

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Photo of Catherine McKinnell Catherine McKinnell Shadow Minister (Treasury) 10:45, 18 Mehefin 2013

As many classic car enthusiasts will know—we may have some on the Committee— the statutory off-road notification is required by the DVLA when a vehicle is not being used on a public road  and therefore does not require vehicle tax. SORN was introduced in January 1998 and it applies to all vehicles licensed on or after that debate.

I will allow the Minister to explain, if he deems it necessary, the thinking behind the changes that are being proposed. I will jump straight to my questions, because I want him to clarify a few points about the changes to the regulations. Will he confirm when the relevant regulations will be amended, how much the DVLA is expecting to save from the changes and in what ways it will make those savings? In other words, how many vehicles and owners are likely to be affected by the changes? Will there be any change in how vehicle owners can make a SORN declaration once the change takes place? An original reason for introducing SORNs was to enable the DVLA to keep up-to-date information and maintain accuracy on the vehicle register, to aid the police who rely on DVLA records when investigating vehicle-related crime and fraud.

Will the Minister clarify whether any assessment has been made of the potential impact of the changes on the detection of vehicle-related crime and fraud? Has he considered any change in penalties for failing to declare a vehicle in a SORN, following this change, given that owners could have failed to make a SORN declaration for many years now, rather than simply months, as under the current legislation?