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post #11 of 39 (permalink) Old 27-03-2020, 08:55
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But these are strange times, I can make a round trip quite easily, but I don´t honestly know how strict they are in this area.

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post #12 of 39 (permalink) Old 27-03-2020, 09:26
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Well that's settled, I have just phoned the police and asked, in English if it is still permitted for me to take the Navajo for a drive and he says yes no problem, so I´m off for a drive later today.
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That would not be the answer here or in the UK. Here you would need the paper "attestation" with the specific reason ticked and there are very few reasons and lots of Gendarmes checking. In the UK you MAY be stopped by the Police and asked to explain and there are reports of c'vans and MH users being given a very negative response in some locations.....

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Nothing to lose by sorning - I've done it with cars and will probably now do it with the van. We'd been planning to go away in it this week but that's obviously abandoned. I think I'll take it out for a decent run in the next couple of days, then park it up again, pump the tyres up, sorn it and leave it for who knows how long. The MOT is due in May but that's now extended so I'll also forget the oil change it was due as well.
With respect, would that be classed as a non-essential journey?

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Its not worth the hassle, I would rather leave things how they are, you need to keep your insurance in play anyway. Yes if you are sorn you may save some road tax, just depends how long we are on lockdown.

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Its not worth the hassle, I would rather leave things how they are, you need to keep your insurance in play anyway. Yes if you are sorn you may save some road tax, just depends how long we are on lockdown.
It does, of course only apply to FULL months, so if you SORN'ed today you would still pay for the whole of March. It makes sense therefore to do it just before the new month starts (next Wednesday). It is likely to last at least TWO months, probably more before "free" movement is restored and sites etc are reopened. So you would save potentially one quarter of the annual VED charge.

The current fee is, I believe £185, but I stand to be corrected, so that would be a saving of at least £45 for a couple of minutes work on line. I would not be ignoring that if I was in the UK at present.

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Its not worth the hassle, I would rather leave things how they are, you need to keep your insurance in play anyway. Yes if you are sorn you may save some road tax, just depends how long we are on lockdown.

It depends of course on how much your road tax is; my over 3.5t van is £165 a year; under 3.5t quite a lot more - and of course there's the brand new ones that have been hit with the horrible high rates (which have now since been reduced?). I'm keeping my options open; I can still use the van to go to the supermarket to give it a bit of a run. Nothing to lose on my car, zero road tax!
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As I mentioned it on this thread I will let you know I have been on my trip, just over 60 km. not a policeman in sight and very few cars or anything else about.
I drove to the Ferry crossing at Güstebieser Loose where I haven´t been since last year when I had company, we walked a few km. along the Dam and I saw my first stork of the year, a pair in fact, not a good picture because I had to zoom in. Motley met a 15 week old Puppy, I didn´t ask what breed, but she will be big when fully grow, he was having such a lovely time I didn´t think about taking a picture silly me.

So I won´t even enquire about Sorning here.



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SORNed mine last night. My normal tax is £265.

I sent an email to my insurance (as advised) to say it was SORNed n they asked me if I wanted to keep the insurance in place. Given that they went on to say there would be no refund for any suspension it was a no-brainer to say, as I'd previously intended, that I would keep it in place.
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With respect, would that be classed as a non-essential journey?
Yes - very likely! Although it would be an interesting discussion - the idea of non-essential journeys is to minimise social contact I believe. If I'm driving around in circles on my own then I think I'd have a strong argument!

I'd thought about that though and worst case I was banking on getting at least some way from home before getting stopped and would then take a long route home again.

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