1999 A day in the life ...Foul Play?
By David Margison
"Can't do it mate" said the mechanic as he studied the Roadworthy Certificate Check list,"It ain't roadworth". "Why not"? said I, "You've fixed everything and it's all mechanically sound".
"That's true, but it's the Vin/chassis number on the modification plate" the mechanic said as he put an 'X' in the relevant box on the Form. "it's not the same as on the chassis' you'll have to call the Police". So there I was with my very first Moke, dead keen to be able to get registration plates and drive it around legally and now the Police had to be called in. Woe, woe and thrice woe! "Modification Plate? What's the Modification Plate for ?" says you.
When Mokes were first built in Australia they all had two seats. Mine has four. It's been modified. Had there been 'Foul Play' and what happened to the chassis my modification place was off? I wondered Where was the correct modification plate for my Moke's chassis? I wondered. What would the future be? I wondered. It would be so exciting, to be out in my Moke, to be fre, my heart should have been gaily rejoicing ... er, I left my Moke at home and phoned the Police to come and have a look at it. Many weeks later they finally arrived. I was at work that day but was told it took 2 separate visits by 5 Police persons to find the chassis number! They took particulars and made inquiries. And was my Moke stolen goods?...No! Thank the Lord!
Eventually, after what seemed like an eternity, I was issued with a 'No Suspicious Circumstances' Form which needed gluing somewhere on the vehicle! And at last I headed to the Licensing Office of the Queensland Department of Transport. And how long was this 'Day in the life ...'? First trip to the mechanic: 18th October 1999. Plates on: 19th January 2000 - 93 days. Bureaucracy moves (but only just) in very mysterious ways!
'Got them on - at last'!