Patricia Pearl - Small Claims Procedure - A Practical Guide


An excellent guide for the layperson in how to use the County Court - a must if you are intending to start a claim.

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    Hi all, new on here today, will try to keep this as short as possible as i am sure it will have been answered somewhere, 17th nov 2012 my car was written off. no fault of mine, a company dealing for my insurers took over to process the claim, arguments started regarding value eventually settled and 3rd party insurers paid up middle of dec, my car had a cherished plate so i had to retain that and get a new number prior to it being scrapped. V5 arrived 3 Jan 2013 car tax had run out on 31/12/2012, it was never on a public road during this time. I have now received a penalty of £80 for not declaring it SORN, have written to DVLA once with a full explanation, their response was the vehicle was still in my name and am therefore responsible and must pay the penalty. Any help or suggestions? Robin


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    Hi Robin, and welcome to CAGicon!

    When exactly was the car scrapped?

    What was the last date the car was in your personal possession?

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    Hi, I am trying to find out when it was scrapped, 17th November 2012 it was removed to a repairers compound for the insurance company, a week later it was removed after the insurers said it was not worth repairing, then i was paid out in the middle of december 2012


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    Hi Robin,

    The car was the property of the insurance company as soon as you had been paid out in the middle of December.

    Have you spoken to the insurance company about this? What did they advise DVLA about the car?

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    Writing back today, going to baffle them with so much text hopefully they will give up! I am seriously considering telling them to take me to court, any views on that from personal experience or other?


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    Did you notify DVLA that the vehicle had been transferred to the insurance company - sending them the yellow V5C/3 part of the V5C?

    If not, that is probably the reason for their penalty.


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    If you hold on for a bit I will find you the link to the House of Lords' report on SORN and how they are not supposed to chasing up the law-abiding public.


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    You can take some quotes from here. I used the bits about deliberate evaders and not going after the law-abiding public. Mine was slightly different from yours. They did take me to court and their lawyer decided not to proceed with it when I spoke to him before we were due to go in to the Judge.

    If you look at some other threads here you'll see that DVLA are known for trying to grab as much money as possible by whatever means, they refuse to properly deal with any questions raised in correspondence with them, and probably think that people will back down rather than going to court, which is why they get so much money.


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