During the second lockdown, drivers can be hit with hefty fines for parking vehicles outside their homes.
You are only allowed to leave a vehicle outside your home if there is a valid insurance policy – and people who ignore the rules can even see their car impounded, reports The Express.
Some drivers have suspended or even canceled their policies during lockdown to save money during lockdown – but these short-term savings can cost hundreds of dollars in the long run.
USwitch spokesman Florence Codjoe has urgently warned motorists about the problem. She said it is required by law to purchase insurance if your car is parked on the road.
“It can be tempting to cancel your insurance if you don’t use your car this month. However, it is required by law to purchase insurance if your vehicle is parked on the road, even if it is not being used.
“If you have a parking space outside the street or your own parking space, you can notify the DVLA with a Legal Site Notification (SORN).
“A SORN means that your car is officially declared off-road. You can’t drive it anywhere, but you don’t have to pay road tax and you can cancel your insurance. “
SORN applications never expire and do not need to be renewed automatically, which means that some drivers may have to pay fees if they decide to use their vehicle.
Police officers can impose a flat fine of £ 300 on those who make this mistake, with up to six penalty points, if your car is caught on the road without insurance.
If the case goes to court, road users could be charged up to £ 2,500 and the police could also impound a vehicle.
GOV.UK states : “You have to insure and tax your vehicle if you don’t have a SORN. If you don’t, you will automatically be fined £ 80 for not having a SORN. There is also a fine for having an uninsured vehicle. ”
It goes on to say, “You can only drive a vehicle with a SORN on a public road to go to or from a pre-booked MOT or other testing appointment.”
These powers make it easy for enforcement teams to quickly identify and punish uninsured drivers.
In the UK, around 3,000 road users are warned about this violation every day.