15 July 2011
Mandatory vehicle insurance moan
Rob Fisher

I am a fair weather motorcyclist. I tend to tax my bike for 6 months of the year. For the other 6 months I have to declare SORN—statutory off road notification. This is onerous enough. And if we get some freakish good weather in November it takes considerable effort to get it taxed and then SORNed again. Since tax refunds are only given for whole months, if the good weather only lasts a week I lose.

To add insult to injury, there is a new rule that you must have insurance unless your vehicle is declared SORN, even if you are not using it on the road. It so happens that my insurance expires tomorrow but I have no plans to use the bike for a few weeks. I don’t want to pay for insurance I don’t need, and if I do SORN the bike in the middle of the month I won’t get the full refund. Perhaps more importantly, I don’t have time to research insurance quotes and I don’t have time to visit the Post Office for SORNing and re-taxing.

Politicians and bureaucrats do not consider the full costs of their interference in people’s lives.

  1. There is some countries, where the price of bike tax depends on a month. Expensive in summer months and cheap in a winter months. So the user doesn’t win anything by SORNing it, but enjoy the sunny days even in november.
    Less work for the registry and additional income for insurance company. Seams like everyone wins.

    Posted by be on  22 July 2011 at 12:31 pm

  2. When the mandatory car insurance how much and what kind of traffic fines catches writes Have your knowledge

    Posted by evden eve nakliyat on  10 October 2011 at 07:38 pm

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