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Diligent Irainian Officals Reveal Our Taxi maybe stolen.

August 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

It seemed like an ordinary border crossing  when the Iranian Customs official holding our Carnet de Passage, that lists all our vehicle numbers, came out to inspect our Taxi. After all we were not worried, we had  crossed twenty two borders without a problem. We opened the bonnet, he knelt down and said "The chassis numbers do not match your papers" Stunned and assuming he was after a bribe, we assured him they did. We bent down to look at the numbers, which we had never compared. Unfortunately this is what we saw. 

 

He was right, they did not match. Certain that the Carnet was wrong we brought out the Owner registration, but those numbers didn’t match the car either.

 We were then told to hand over all of our passports and car papers. We knew we were in trouble.

Two hours later while still waiting outside an office for the result to our conundrum. Ed  turned to Max, the official owner of the Taxi, and said "If you had told me a year ago that one day I would be at the Iranian Turkmen border with a stolen London taxi. I wouldn’t have believed it. Max replied  "I wouldn’t have believed it either, but I also knew, if it were true it would be because of you."

Three hours on the Iranians called Max into the office. He emerged  looking shocked, "Just get in the car. I’ll explain in Turkmenistan."

The Iranians didn’t want the problem and the 38 different Turkmen bureaucrats who individually stamped our papers never checked.

So what do we do now, run our chances in the nine border crossings ahead? Or improve our odds by filing off the chassis number and replacing it when we can? Stay tuned. TDT.

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