The SORN stuff especially - I forgot to reSORN something and got fined. Just for leaving a car on my driveway. Never went near a road. I really don't see why you cannot just declare a change of state and it stays that way until you change it again. Apart from the money they get from forgetful people. Hold on..... could that be it?????
I believe the SORN rules are changing (don't know when...) so that they're toggled on/off, rather than resetting after 365 days.
The weirdest thing regarding taxing&MOTing motor vehicles that is being discussed is the removal of the requirement for vehicles older than 1960 to be MOT'd at all, on the grounds that they're all owned by enthusiasts who will keep them up to scratch.
Can you imagine a cheapskate getting a Ford 100e (1953-62) and running it third party only and no road tax or testing required? Being a cheapskate, no maintenance either.....
I doubt a cheapskate could afford a car from that era - they are all worth a lot of money now. I have a garage full of engine parts from Mk1 and MK2 Escorts - even just the parts are worth quite a bit. Got a couple of 1600 Xflows complete, one from a Formula Ford race car, plus about 4 1300's for parts for the car in avatar.
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