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RMIF acts to resolve confusion over SORN

The Retail Motor Industry federation (RMIF) sought to end confusion this week by confirming that dealers will not be able to claim VED refunds on statutory off-the-road (SORN) stock from January 1.They will have to complete a SORN declaration for that to happen, but that does not then entitle a dealer to apply for a VED refund. Only the owner of the car or ‘registered keeper’ can apply.

Dealers have contacted the AM website seeking clarification after a number of announcements were made and followed by
misleading press reports. 

The misunderstanding appears to be over SORN and a separate issue relating to new VED measures in force from January 1.

NFDA director Sue Robinson said: “Dealers will still be able to use trade plates on second-hand stock following the new rules relating to part-exchanges and pre-registered demonstrators. And motor retailers will not be required to register ownership of vehicles while they are on site.”

She said dealers would only be able to use trade plates on used vehicles in their temporary possession, which would not include a vehicle registered in their name.

Robinson said: “Customers who trade-in cars and apply for a VED refund should notify the DVLA that the vehicle has been disposed of into the trade. They should not make a SORN declaration. Then, the dealer can use the car under trade plates.”

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