Off-Island Vehicles Must Be Registered Say Police

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Vehicles used on off-island roads will need to be legally registered, according to the latest guidance from Devon and Cornwall police.

Vehicles haven’t routinely been registered on those islands as the roads are maintained by the Duchy and considered to be private. Vehicles do need insurance though.

The current lapse came to light during a routine enquiry from one off-island resident about the legality of their son riding a quad bike.

PC Mat Collier checked with the police’s legal department, who said all vehicles need to be registered.

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Mat says it’s an issue that hasn’t been raised before and the local policing team haven’t decided what to do about it yet. He says there will probably be a grace period while owners are sent letters informing them of the situation and given a chance to get their vehicles registered.

That will also mean displaying a valid registration plate and making sure they’re roadworthy, with working indicators and brake lights.

8 Responses to Off-Island Vehicles Must Be Registered Say Police

  1. Happy Chappy. May 20, 2013 at 9:14 am


    I merely quoted the words of the DVLA representative, their words , not mine.

    Should thunk have read thought?

  2. David May 20, 2013 at 7:11 am

    The roads have only recently been partially maintained by the Duchy of Cornwall, the off Islanders have always maintained their roads the Duchy after a lot of arm twisting supplied the cement when it was needed, (these days things are changing not for the better, the Duchy are plastering the Islands with unwanted concrete)
    Most of us have always insured our vehicles,you’d be nuts not to, Stupidly kids have been allowed to drive tractors and quad bikes on the roads which has caused this situation.

  3. scillysergeant May 19, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Dull but important bit coming up.
    The definition of a road in England and Wales is ‘any highway and any other road to which the public has access and includes bridges over which a road passes’ (RTA 1988 sect 192(1)).
    Happy Chappy is getting the words “Road” and “Land” mixed up. Roads on Off Islands are private roads to which the public have unrestricted access. They therefore fall under the bits of legislation thunk up by Lawyers and Politicians (not Police Officers) which specify the necessity for insurance, lights, brakes and registration. Roads maintained at the expense of the public purse require Road Tax to be driven on so clearly the Off Islands are exempt from this because The Duchy maintain the roads and this is not considered to be at the expense of the public.
    There is no need for Harry Hill to intervene in this debate to determine where the buck stops but I will concede that it would be more interesting.

  4. Grey Hound May 19, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Only one way to decide this…….. fiiiiight! (Oh, hang on, that’ll be court rather than Harry Hill!)

  5. Happy Chappy. May 19, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Vehicles haven’t routinely been registered on those islands as the roads are maintained by the Duchy and considered to be private. Vehicles do need insurance though.

    DVLA told me yesterday that ALL vehicles need to be registered, but if a vehicle has a current SORN, then insurance is not needed.

    They also confirmed that insurance is not required for use on private land.
    This would seem to be a different opinion than that expressed by the local constabulary.

  6. Tony May 18, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Good. Welcome to the 21st century. It came after the 20th.

  7. John May 18, 2013 at 5:28 pm


  8. Happy Chappy. May 18, 2013 at 10:30 am

    That is one way to make yourself popular. Still tongue and all that.