SORNing bikes for winter could void insurance

Published: 02 November 2012

Motorcyclists storing their bike for winter could be unwittingly invalidating their insurance if they declare it off road to the DVLA.

MCN reader Alan Charlton, 64, was told his underwriter would no longer insure his Kawasaki ZZR1400 after he completed a Statutory Off-Road Notification.

To be covered against theft, the broker said he needed ‘laid-up’ insurance from another underwriter.

Charlton, from Harrogate, North Yorks, said: “I hadn’t known it wasn’t covered until I mentioned it was SORN.”

The broker said: ‘Bikers should always double check with their insurance provider that they will still be covered when they declare their vehicle off the road.

‘In Mr Charlton's case cover was maintained until it was due for renewal.’

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