October 3, 2009


For Curious George

Hi George. You sent a question about vanity plates to my Blame it on Lorraine section, which has a blind email, so I can't answer you directly without going through the rigamarole of posting it as a letter. It's about my Wheels column today regarding vanity plates.

You asked:

If George has 1 vanity plate and wants to sell it to Lorraine who has none, how long do George and Lorraine have to spend in the licensing office if George returns the plates to the ministry while Lorraine simultaneously orders them?

See, that's the thing. You can't sell me GEORGE for any amount, nor can you return it to the ministry to get them to sell it to me. That's the stupid part of the whole thing: even if you don't want it anymore, you can only transfer it within you family. I've had a couple of readers say they've transferred vanity plates to strangers: that wasn't what I was told by the spokesman for the Ministry of Transportation, so I'm still looking into it. I know you can apply to transfer them, but I was told it's a whole hullabalo to do so.

Our government won't let you make money from something you own, nor are they smart enough to make money themselves from it.

1 Comments:

Blogger Nursedude said...

Translation of bureaucrat to english for the term hullabaloo: That's too much like work and I'd have to get off my chair and go to the file cabinet and get the form so it's just easier if I say I can't help you. Next!

October 07, 2009 7:45 AM  

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