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I left my car to be MOT'd with a garage about 3 weeks ago.

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I left my car to be MOT'd with a garage about 3 weeks ago. The car needed work and there was a wait time for parts. During that time I had to declare the car as SORN as the tax had expired. The garage must have then parked the car on a public street because I've just received a penalty of£185 due to the car been in a SORN state. I still have yet to collect from the garage. Who is responsible for paying the penalty notice? I feel it should be the garage because they have the car in their possession at present.
Submitted: 20 days ago.
Category: Traffic Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 20 days ago.

Hi, welcome to JustAnswer. My name is*****’m a barrister with 12 years of experience and I am happy to help with your question today.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 20 days ago.

Will the garage not pay?

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
Hi, I haven't asked them to pay yet. My understanding was that the vehicle was being MOT'd and repaired so this provides cover for the garage as they have to be able to test the vehicle on the road, etc.
Customer: replied 20 days ago.
I know a car can legally driven (with insurance) to a pre-booked MOT testing station if it has been SORN'd and/or has no road tax. It can also be legally driven back home following testing, esp if failed. My question concerns the status of the car while it is in possession of the garage.
Customer: replied 20 days ago.
I have already responded to DVLA giving details of the situation.
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Hello? Anyone there?
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
If there's going to be no response then please close the question and I'll ask for my money back.
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
Why start answering a question and then leave it alone. I just don’t get how this service is supposed to help anyone.
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
12 years of experience? Doing what exactly? Because it sure ain’t been helping with legal issues!