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Motor Vehicles: Insurance

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what requirement there is for insurance of vehicles in storage or under repair and declared under statutory off-road notifications regulations. (253478)

[holding answer 2 February 2009]: Current legislation requires compulsory motor insurance against third party risk for the use of a vehicle on a road or other public place. There is no statutory requirement to insure vehicles in private storage or under repair and declared under statutory off-road notification (SORN).

We are consulting on proposals for a “Continuous Insurance Enforcement” scheme. Under the proposed scheme it would be an offence to keep a vehicle which has no valid insurance unless there is in place a valid SORN declaration. Those potentially uninsured will be identified by frequent comparison of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s vehicle register and the motor insurance industry’s database.