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Warning on trade plate use for demonstrators

Alistair Manson, operational head of the RMIF’s National Franchised Dealers Association, has sought clarification from the DVLA regarding the use of trade plates on dealers’ registered ex-demonstrators.

It centres on the dealer having given the DVLA proof that the car has been taken into stock for sale.

The DVLA said that where an ex-demonstrator is registered to a dealer, it may be driven on trade plates for valid purposes such as a test drive, providing the dealer has used the V5C/3 tear-off portion of the registration certificate to notify the DVLA that the vehicle is now in trade stock.

He may claim a road tax refund using a V14 form but not complete the SORN declaration.

If the V5C/3 portion is not submitted to the DVLA, and an ex-demonstrator is not displaying valid road tax, it must be declared SORN and not used on-road. AM recently reported that an employee of a north of England franchised dealer was fined for test-driving an ex-demonstrator on trade plates when it had been declared SORN.

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