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DVLA Continuous registration

Posted by ian81-188951 - Created: 14 years ago
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Posted by MikeP-180526 - 14 years ago

I don't see this making a great difference in practice as most people who keep UK registered cars in France fall into one of the following categories :

Either the keeper (this is the official term used by the DVLA for the person whose name appears in the log book - not necessarily the owner) will have submitted a SORN, which relieves him of the liability to pay tax in the UK,  or he will have disappeared and not be easily traceable.

If the keeper still has a home address in the UK then he will be liable at that address for the tax, and as soon as it falls due,  a fine can be applied.

The fundamental difference that this change to the law will make is that it will no longer be necessary for an official to see the vehicle on the street without a tax disc.  The fact that records show that it is not taxed render the keeper liable to a fine.

The main point is that this will affect people whose vehicles have simply ceased to be part of the UK registration system by being in France for several years in that they will no longer be in a 'grey area' of dubious legality.  They will be in clear breach of both UK and French law.