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

Motorists could be issued with severe penalties from today as a clampdown targets untaxed and uninsured cars.

The tough new measures are designed to catch drivers who have declared their cars off-road to save money but are still parking them on the street without tax or insurance.

An enforcement officer, who did not wish to be named, has confirmed to Derbyshire Live that a national enforcement clampdown on illegal vehicles will start from today.

Derbyshire Live has this put this to the DVLA who have so far not yet responded.

USwitch spokesperson Florence Codjoe issued an urgent warning to motorists about the issue.

She said it is a legal necessity to have insurance, and pay car tax, if your car is parked on the road.

“It may be tempting to cancel your insurance if you’re not using your car this month,” she told The Express.

“However, it’s a legal requirement to have insurance if your vehicle is parked on the road, even if it isn’t being used.

“If you have off-street parking or a private parking space, you can inform the DVLA with a Statutory Off-Road Notification (SORN).

“A SORN means your vehicle is declared officially 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 drivers without tax may also face hefty fines.

He said: “If anyone local has forgotten to tax their car in the middle of this pandemic then they will get an extra £260 fine right before Christmas.”

The number of motorists applying for SORNs surged under the first lockdown, according to Auto Express.

Importantly, though, SORN applications never expire and do not need to be automatically renewed.

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That means many drivers may have forgotten about their original SORN application.

And as a result, they could be liable for charges if they decide to use their vehicle.

Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News