Friday, April 13, 2012
I no longer own a car!!!!! Yippee!
Here's how it happened:
Phase 1: Prior to rego renewal time, I attempted 'ownership transferal' to my husband. Incomprehensibly, this was impossible to do online so we sent the papers to the processing depot in Parkes. There the papers seemed to disappear into a bureaucratic ether, perhaps as a result of this particular bureaucracy not knowing whether it's the Roads & Traffic Authority or the Roads & Maritime Services: who knows? - it certainly doesn't.
After a long silence from their end, a follow up phone call from us to them revealed that as a debtor to the state I could not transfer ownership - though I could sell it. But by now the rego renewal date had passed; the car was unregistered
Phase 2: Then just before Easter, my husband received a threatening letter from the RTA with a fine because he had not followed correct 'ownership transferal' procedure and had omitted to do whatever he was supposed to do with regards to actually receiving ownership!!!!
Phase 3: Ensuing phone call from me to RTA to sort out 'snowballing' muddle now revealed that I could renew my rego after all. Off I trotted to the Office of the Muswellbrook RTA to wait patiently with all the other suckers controlled by Big Oil
Phase 4: By way of statutory declaration, I was required to inform the RTA that my car was still in my possession and had not been transferred to my husband (don't ask me why I had to do this when the RTA had already told us that such an action was impossible because of me being a state debtor - sigh) - but anyhoo, all that aside, most excitingly, we got it registered!!!
Phase 5: Trying to quell palpable excitement at the immanency of my 'never-having-to-go-back-to-the-RTA', I filled out the Notice of Disposal on back of the rego form and sold my car to the young gentleman below (baby no.3, the first of my babies to own a car)
...what a process!
BUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS?:
$$$ I will never have to go to an RTA again for any purpose whatsoever!!!
$$$ I will never have to have my photograph taken to renew a licence again!!!
$$$ I will never have my licence removed from me again!!!
$$$ I will never have to go through the angst when (if) I reach the age of 85 years of potentially failing my elderly person driver's test
$$$ I will never have to buy a car again
$$$ I will never have to insure a car again
$$$ I will never have to put petrol in a car again
I AM FREE - YAY!!!!!