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Tazzywazzy | 01:28 Fri 12th Feb 2010 | Insurance
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i dont have a full drivers license but my brother does. Is it legal for my brother to claim ownership of a van and have it taxed MoTed and insured in his name while i convert it to a camper van for a place for me to live in. is this legal and possible. i must add that i will not be driving the vechile at all at any time however i will be in posesion of the keys ofc. pls help me :)

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If you've no intention of driving it and it's not being kept on a public highway then it can be declared SORN so wouldn't need either road tax or MoT. Neither would it actually need insured though, as it has an asset value to you I guess you may wish it to be. Talk to an insurance broker as there's probably a more appropriate policy than a vehicle one if it isn't being...
12:34 Fri 12th Feb 2010
Who actually owns the van? Whose name is on the documentation? Is it driveable and roadworthy? Where is it parked currently? Where will it be whilst you convert it?
I think a bit more information is needed!
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ah yes, ok the van will be parked on residential road way. the documents will be in my brothers name and yes it will be driveable and roadworthy :)
If you've no intention of driving it and it's not being kept on a public highway then it can be declared SORN so wouldn't need either road tax or MoT. Neither would it actually need insured though, as it has an asset value to you I guess you may wish it to be. Talk to an insurance broker as there's probably a more appropriate policy than a vehicle one if it isn't being driven.

If it IS still going to be driven occasionally of course it would need all of the above. You don't however need a full driver's licence to tax, MoT or insure a car though so I fail to see why your brother needs to be involved. Thousands of learner drivers own their own vehicle. You'd need to be careful when getting the insurance that all was properly disclosed though. It would in fact be illegal "fronting" if your brother is claimed to be the main driver and doesn't drive the van at all.

There are also of course council tax issues with keeping a camper van on a driveway and living in it but that's not for this section.
Agreed its not for this section, but your local planning department will have an issue with you living in a vehicle too
If u declare a vehicle SORN and its parked in the roadway., the owner can actually be fined by the DVLA.., it needs to be kept OFF public roads.., around here even cars parked on the pavement get clamped by the DVLA so be careful.

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