Keeping a Sorn vehicle on an unadopted road.

Ryan Cunliffe made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Asiantaeth Trwyddedu Gyrwyr a Cherbydau

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Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency,

Referring to the Vehicle excise and registration act of 1994;
as per the definition of a public road in section 62, would I be correct in saying that keeping a SORN vehicle on an unadopted road (not maintained at public expense) would not be an
offence as per Section 29(1) due to Section 29(2B)(a).

Yours faithfully,
Ryan Cunliffe.

FOI, Asiantaeth Trwyddedu Gyrwyr a Cherbydau

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Cunliffe,


Thank you for your email of 28 September 2019 in relation to keeping a
vehicle with a Statutory off Road Notification (SORN) in force on an
un-adopted road. Your question is not deemed to be a request for recorded
information, however; the following has been provided outside the
provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.


The definition of a road is clarified in the Road Traffic Act 1988, as
being ‘any highway and any other road to which the public has access and
includes bridges over which a road passes’. In addition, the Vehicle
Excise and Registration Act 1994 provides a definition of a public road as
a ‘road repairable at the public expense’. The GOV.UK website provides
some examples of what may be considered as off road areas, however; DVLA
is unable to offer definitive advice on what constitutes public or private
land. If the un-adopted road in question is classed as a public road, it
would be an offence to keep an untaxed vehicle there, regardless of
whether or not a SORN is made.  Registered keepers that may want to
identify areas designated for off road parking are advised to contact
their Local Authority for advice.


I trust this clarifies the Agency's position.


Yours sincerely,



Debbie Leaker

Freedom Of Information

Strategy, Policy & Communications Directorate | C2W | DVLA | Swansea | SA6





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