New SORN Laws prove costly for single mother

A single mother of two has been fined £300 and six points after failing to SORN her car.

Ebony Jones, 28, from Rhos-on-Sea, lost her non-guilty plea in court and received an added six points on to her license, for not providing a SORN for the off-road vehicle.


Car parked is Cysgod Y Bryn

I didn’t even realise I was doing anything wrong, until I received a court hearing– Ebony Jones

The new rule regarding the SORN came to light in 2011, if the vehicle is off the road then it needs to have insurance or a SORN declared.

She said: “I didn’t even realise I was doing anything wrong. I insured and tax the new car and left the other car with tax and mot, which I thought was okay.

“I couldn’t drive it as it needed repairing but it was only when I received the court hearing I looked into the new laws.”

The new rules regarding the SORN

You need to make a SORN (Stautory Off Road Notification) when you take a vehicle ‘off the road’

In 2011, the rule changed, if you are the registered keeper of the vehicle you must have it still insured, unless you provide a SORN. This is to safeguard against driving without insurance.

If you move insurance over to a new vehicle then old vehicle needs be SORN and not allowed to be left on private property in in a garage.

What happened?

On April 5th, 2016 Ebony broke down in her Silver, Citroen C4 on Penrhyn Avenue, Rhos on Sea. After calling the AA recovery to the scene they had said the repairs would cost more than the car value itself.

The car was moved on to private property in Cysgod Y Bryn outside her two bedroom apartment until the mechanic across the road could check the car over.


Cysgod Y Bryn

Ebony insured and taxed the new car.

The car stayed at Cysgod Y Bryn with tax and mot until August until it was towed around to Penrhyn Stores garage.

In September Ebony was issued a court hearing letter regarding no SORN on the vehicle.


Gwynn Thomas, 58, mechanic from Penrhyn service station garage, repaired the vehicle in September and declared it roadworthy.

He said: “There was a fault with the engine, so the motor couldn’t start.

“I think the AA wrongly advised Ebony as the repair work was cheap.”

The new SORN rules from 2011, even came as a surprise to a car mechanic with 35years experience.

“I wasn’t, aware of the new rules, I thought if the car was off property or in a garage then it was okay.

“Especially in this case, the car wasn’t driveable, so the driver could not of drove the car without insurance.” Said Gwynn.

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