|Posted by Simon Ganderton on June 20, 2013 at 9:15 AM|
Having applied for the registration in person and easily passing the one donor test, I was confident that the new number would drop through the door within a couple of days. As the sun shone brighter and May became June there was no sign of it but the days continued to tick away. After a week I called DVLA to ask what was happening and I was told that I was not allowed to enquire until a full two weeks had passed! I waited patiently but still no sign of the number. After the full two weeks had elapsed I called the DVLA again and eventually got through to the local office. A very pleasant chap took my details and then disappeared for what seemed an eternity only to return with the news that the application had been lost! After a few seconds of irate discussion he proceeded to tell me that the branch was closing and that there were hardly any staff left. This did little to calm my rage so I left the pleasant chap to go and find my application whilst I continued to vent my frustration at my children.
Just a few minutes passed when the DVLA called back to tell me that it had in fact been posted the day before and all was well. I apologised profusely to the kind chap and wished him the best for his somewhat uncertain future. Knowing that the postal service in our area has also declined in recent years I tried not to watch out for the postman and sure enough at around 2:15 pm he meandered up our short drive carrying the usual brown envelope. To say that I was pleased would be an understatement, EJT 85T is a tidy number and would fit tidily on the small number plates the car has.
Not wishing to be delayed any longer I printed the new number onto paper at the right size with the correct font which I then cut out to make a stencil. Using the stencil and a marker pen I drew some very neat, temporary number plates onto the car. This all came just in time for the Friday evening "quay for my car" event in Poole so we hastily prepared the car and set off for the quay to proudly show off the last year's work.