Quarter of a million more cars SORN’d during pandemic

Guildford, Watford and Worcester among areas with biggest increase in cars taken off our roads

Quarter of a million more cars SORN’d during pandemic
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An additional quarter of a million cars were taken off UK roads during the course of the pandemic, data analysis shows.

Kwik Fit researchers found that at the end of 2020 there were 3,261,901 cars officially registered off road compared to 2,984,042 at the end of 2019, an increase of 277,859 vehicles.

The national average increase in cars with a SORN was nine per cent but in Guildford the number rose by 27.5 per cent in the last twelve months.

This was followed by Watford which saw a 12.5 per cent increase in cars designated as being off road, then Worcester (12 per cent), Southall (11.9 per cent) and Oxford (11.6 per cent).

The increase in vehicles being taken off road was mirrored in part by a reduction in licensed cars over the same period, which fell by 0.57 per cent, some 187,000 cars.

The analysis found that all areas of the country saw an increase in the number of cars being taken off the road over the twelve months.

In purely volume terms, the British towns and cities seeing the biggest increases were: Guildford (8,796 additional cars with SORNs); Birmingham (6,735); Peterborough (5,762); Swansea (4,479); and Nottingham (4,317).

The areas which saw the lowest proportional increases were East Central London (EC postcode) with just a 4.0% increase, Doncaster (4.6%), Torquay (4.7%) and Bromley (4.9%).

Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit, says: “It was clearly a sensible move for many owners to save money on tax and insurance during the pandemic by taking their cars off road and registering a SORN.

“However, we anticipate that many of those SORN registered cars have now been brought back on to the road as the country has opened up and traffic volumes have returned to normal levels.”

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