Step 1: Fill in and submit three identical forms for each vehicle (using carbon paper: photocopies are not acceptable). Registration documents and new registration numbers are generated from these forms.
Step 2: 9.38am. Go to the Department of Transport, and collect the forms from the Chief of the Transport Division (very nice man by the way).
Step 3: 9.41am. This man fills a bit more in on the forms, and signs them:
Step 4: 9.58am. This man fills a bit more in on the forms, and signs them:
Step 5: 10.03. This man fills a bit more in on the forms, and signs them:
Step 6: 10.04am. This man fills a bit more in on the forms, and signs them:
Step 7: 10.07am. This man fills a bit more in on the forms, and signs them:
Step 8: 10.12am. A policeman fills a bit more in on the forms, and signs them:
Step 9: 10.14am. This man photocopies the forms:
Step 10: 10.18am. This man signs the photocopies:
Step 11: 10.21am. The policeman matches the photocopies with some other bits of paper:
Step 12: 10.25am: A man checks the chassis number on the vehicle, and signs the form:
Step 13: 10.33am. Another man confirms the work that the last guy just did:
Step 14: A lady generates another form on a computer:
Step 15: 10.43am. Now we're making progress. Mathieu removes #993's old Liberian licence plate.
Step 16: 11.03am. The new Togolese licence plate arrive, hot off the press:
Step 17: 11.08am. Rivet Man rivets the new plates to the vehicle. Nice:
Step 18: 11.14am. Awaiting an inspection of road worthiness:
Step 19: 11.16am. The vehicles go into a big shed for a high-tech inspection:
Step 20: 11.27am. Peter, Mathieu and Edam waiting nervously for the results:
Step 21: 11.51am. The examiner sticks the "pass" sticker in the window:
Step 22: 11.54am. We're done. Thumbs up all round:
Interestingly, all of our vehicles have passed the inspection so far, despite failing to reach the required standard by not having things like a First Aid Kit, or a defective reverse light. I wonder what it would take to actually fail the inspection.
A great morning out. You should try it some time. Honest. Olly