With our South Australian Rego due on the Odyssey we tried to reregister online, but were given the message that we needed to phone in. So we dutifully phoned in but didn’t realise we needed a credit/debit card to pay over the phone. All was set to go, we just needed to put money on our debit card.
Two days later we phone again, card in hand only to be told we now could not do it either online or over the phone, we needed to come in to a South Australian Branch! We were by this time in Seymour, Victoria about 500km form the nearest SA service centre. They would not budge! Apparently our SA drivers license, that was to have been posted to NSW had been returned and now they would not release it until we fronted up in person. The operator we spoke to said they did not post interstate, yet when we transferred our license to SA the lady at the desk had no problem with it!
We now had two days to get this sorted before our current rego expired! A 500km trip in two days was not what any of us wanted to do!
We had mail to collect so decided to go and collect it and hope that our SA drivers license was amongst it; it was not! As it was now close to 10pm we choose to stay put and hope that either SA would be kind to us and understand our situation or maybe we could transfer to Vic rego.
First thing Thursday morning with rego due Friday, we phoned SA again, explaining our situation again, they still would not budge! So we phoned VicRoads asking about transferring our rego. Yeah, they said, that’s no problem! Phew!! Appointments were made and we breathed a bit easier!
By lunch time on Friday we had our Vic plates!! Woo Hoo!!
On another note; we took a trip out in the Odyssey and used the GPS to find our way out of one town to the next town. Hmmm … bad mistake! We ended up on a narrow road with a lot of traffic behind us, and in front of us a 3 ton load limit bridge! We put our hazard lights on, and got out of access the situation. We thought that with a bit of skill we could get turned around. So Sarah went up to the top of the bridge and stopped the traffic while Jasmine helped direct Michael and make sure he avoided a stake that was inconveniently placed on the side of the road! After much skill and manoeuvrings we got her turned round! The other motorists waved to us as we drove away feeling very relieved!
There was signage approaching the bridge, but when we checked them on the way back they did look like they were pointing to the side roads!
This is a pic from Google Maps of where we turned round. Fortunately there was a side “road” not that we could go far down it, but at least we could put our nose into it!