I sold the GS last week and picked up the XTR on Saturday. This was quite good timing, as the previous insurance policy ran out on the Sunday. I did a bit of research, found the cheapest quote (Devitt, as it happens) and insured the XTR from Saturday on a new policy. I have been planning to take the XT off the road and give it some serious attention for quite a while now, and this seemed a good time to do so. Therefore, the new policy is for the XTR only, and the policy that covered the XT has now lapsed.
I won't be riding the XT on the road until I get it restored, and when the tax runs out I had planned to SORN it, as I have no intention of running foul of the rules. However, it is now uninsured. I seem to recall reading recently about proposals to oblige owners to maintain a vehicle's insurance even if it is off the road, in the same way that you must now SORN a vehicle if it is not taxed.
There's nothing on the main Gov.uk site in either the vehicle tax or insurance sections, just:
You have to have motor insurance before you can drive on public roads.But visiting the Motor Insurers' Bureau website I find this:
As part of Continuous Insurance Enforcement (CIE), it is now a legal requirement for registered vehicle keepers to insure their vehicle(s) at all times.It continues:
You don’t have to be driving to be caught. It is an offence to keep a vehicle without insurance unless you have notified DVLA that your vehicle is being kept off the road by means of a Statutory off Road Notice (SORN).I guess I had better SORN the poor old XT without delay. Unless anyone knows differently?
Update: found it.
The rules for insuring vehicles are called ‘continuous insurance enforcement’. They mean that if you’re the registered keeper of a vehicle it must be insured or declared as off the road (SORN).They are keeping this quiet, aren't they? Or have I just not been paying attention?)