A motorist is now calling for an apology to be made by the Government body, following a mix up that has resulted in him being left driving illegally for three weeks.
Peter Simmonds, from Blackpool, has voiced his concern about how many other people have been in the same situation as himself with the DVLA that happened following him transferring a private number plate from one car to another.
Despite him going through the correct methods and filling in the right forms online, both of Mr Simmonds cars were declared as off the road, something that he failed to discover until he received tax refunds for both vehicles, rather than the one.
The 77 year old was concerned by what may or may not have happened if he had had the misfortune of being involved in an accident or if he had been stopped by the police. He explained “Back at the end of January I bought a new car. I have a private number plate and transferred it to the new car. I did it all online and thought everything had gone through OK. I was shocked when I found out both cars had been declared SORN”
He went on to add that he had been driving the vehicles that had been declared as SORN, unknowingly, for three weeks. He added “What would have happened if I had been involved in an accident? I wouldn’t have been insured. What would have happened if I’d been stopped by the police? I was driving an untaxed vehicle.”
Mr Simmonds stated that “It says something that I wasn’t stopped in all that time.”
The mixed up situation only came to light when Mr Simmonds received cheques for refunds from the DVLA one day after the other. He said he had realised right away what had happened and said “I rang the DVLA but it was a Saturday and I was told nobody was available who could reverse the SORN declaration. I then had to go straight out and re-tax the car because I didn’t want to be left driving a car I knew wasn’t legal. I ended up having to pay the tax for the second time before I could bank the refund cheque.”
The plate was transferred from Mr Simmonds 2003 Skoda Octavia to a 2012 plate of the same vehicle model and has said that his main concern is that other may have been in the same situation without knowing. He has written to the head of the DVLA to voice these concerns.
Mr Simmonds said “I just wonder who else this has happened to. It’s a serious issue and there was no way of going. When I spoke to the DVLA we were able to sort out the problem but nobody has said they are sorry. I have written to the CEO of the DVLA but I’m am yet to hear anything back. It could have put me in a potentially awkward situation.”
As it now stands, Mr Simmonds has handed the keys for his old car to his daughter and both of the vehicles are now fully taxed.