Thank you - I own a Fiesta car, I changed my car in June last year to a Lexus and kept my fiesta. I truly believed I went on line to SORN the fiesta..the fiestas tax ran out end of November 13, so in mid Dec I received a fine for no tax...I called to find out it was not SORN so I paid the fine. Christmas came and went and on 7th Jan I tried to SORN the fiesta using a code number I found on correspondence. It would not work so I called the DVLA to ask how it could be done. I completed a form and sent it off. In the meantime I was sent a court letter. I completed the non guilty forms and sent a covering letter to explain that the car had not been driven since June and was on family farm land no where near a road and I believed from that that I was not breaking the law.
The court have now moved my hearing to Birmingham for 8th April so I need to go....I completed a not guilty form yet the letter from the DVLA
did not come back till 31st Jan so not sure where I stand as I truly believed I was not breaking the law with the car being off the road
Having never done this before I am unsure how I need to represent myself.
I truly believed I had sorn it...then when I found out I had not I then tried and eventually did it
I have not broken the RTA by driving the car and will happily confrm that in court
But I did send in a not guilty reply ( as indeed I felt I was not guilty )
The date they are doing me for was 7th Jan - which was the same day I called the DVLA to ask how to SORN without a V5 and a code that I found out had expired
The official reply from the DVLA was dated 31st Jan so I am a little worried that on paper and on 7th Jan despite my car not being driven since June my car was not SORN
My defence I suppose is that I was ignorant to the system and believed that as I had not taken car on road I was not illegal
I just don't know how to relay that in court and where I stand with my defence
Yes, I called them when I got the court letter to ask and lady said it had been SORN'd
I was just worried as the dates were apart
If the courts wanted to be particular which of course they can, on the actual date I am being done for it was not officially confirmed
The date on the court letter was 7th Jan
Although I believed the sorn to be last June, this was not the case. After investigation and calls and extra forms the official piece of paper came back as 31st Jan
I await your advices and would appreciate your opinion to what to expect
Thank you for this info
Will it go against me that I did complete a not guilty form to the first court letter, they have since adjourned that and moved the date to Birmingham which is closer.
You mention written representation to the prosecution to the effect this prosecution is not in the public interest....What does this mean and what do I need to do ?