During the second lockdown, motorists could face heavy fines if they park vehicles outside their homes.
Leaving a vehicle outside of your home is only allowed with a valid insurance policy – and people breaking the rules could even see their cars being confiscated, reports The express.
Some drivers may have suspended their policies or even canceled them entirely during the lockdown to save money while the lockdown – but that short-term saving could cost hundreds of pounds in the long run.
USwitch spokeswoman Florence Codjoe has urgently warned motorists about the problem. She said it was a legal need to get insurance when your car is parked on the street.
“It can be tempting to cancel your insurance if you are not going to use your car this month. However, it is a legal requirement to take out insurance if your vehicle is parked on the street even when it is not in use.
“If you have an off-street parking space or a private parking space, you can inform the DVLA with a legal off-road notification (SORN).
“A SORN means that your vehicle is officially declared as an off-road vehicle. There is nowhere to go, but you don’t have to pay road tax and you can cancel your insurance. “
SORN applications never expire and do not have to be renewed automatically. This means that some motorists may have to pay fees if they choose to use their vehicle.
Police officers can impose a fixed fine of £ 300, with up to six penalty points, on anyone who makes this mistake if their car is caught on the road without insurance.
If the case ends in court, road users can be charged up to £ 2,500 and police can also seize a vehicle.
GOV.UK states : “You have to insure and tax your vehicle if you don’t have a SORN. “If you fail to do this, you will be automatically fined £ 80 if you don’t have a SORN. There is also a fine on an uninsured vehicle.”
It goes on to say: “You can only drive a vehicle with a SORN on a public road to get to or from a pre-booked TÜV or another test date.”
These powers make it easier for emergency teams to identify and punish uninsured drivers at lightning speed.
Around 3,000 road users are warned about this crime every day in the UK.