Tradie Peter Dunlevie was shocked when he received a letter from VicRoads six months ago telling him that his DANOUT plates he’d already paid and registered for his 2003 Holden Commodore were ‘offensive’ and inappropriate.
The plates were cancelled just days out from the Victorian state election where Mr Andrews went on to win a third consecutive term in power, despite six lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr Dunlevie appealed the decision and was hopeful of keeping his beloved numberplates, which have garnered widespread attention and support.
Those hopes were dashed when Mr Dunlevie recently lost his appeal and was told he had until this Monday to hand the plates to VicRoads or his vehicle registration would be suspended and cancelled.
Peter Dunlevie has reluctantly handed back his famous but controversial numberplates
‘I thought I was home and hosed,’ Mr Dunlevie told 3AW on Friday.
‘Don’t worry, I’ll come up with something else!’
Radio host Tom Elliott read out the recent VicRoads letter, which stated the numberplates contained ‘a negative and/or inappropriate social message deemed inappropriate for display’.
Mr Dunlevie argued the numberplates weren’t offensive and that VicRoads was the only one with an issue with them.
‘When I applied for the plates, my wife Caroline told me I was crackers and that somebody would damage my car or I would get run off the road,’ the father-of-two said.
‘I’ve had none of that. All I’ve had is thumbs-up.
‘A few weeks ago when I was at Bunnings, a bloke wanted a photo of my numberplates so he could send it to his missus because she hates him (the Premier).
‘A bloke from AGL wanted a photograph because his boss hates Andrews.’
The motorist’s numberplates were a cheeky dig at Daniel Andrews (pictured with his wife)
Peter Dunlevie (pictured) lodged an appeal to keep his DANOUT numberplates but lost
When asked if he tried arguing DANOUT was a French term, Mr Dunlevie quipped: ‘Have you seen the stickers on the back of my car bagging Andrews? I’d never get away with it.’
Mr Dunlevie handed back his plates on Thursday but warned his stoush with VicRoads was only ‘sort of’ over.
He still has his RUDDUD plates registered back in 2008 which were a brutal dig at former prime minister Kevin Rudd.
Those plates remain registered to this day.
Peter isn’t the only motorist who has made his feelings known about the premier.
Photos of the offending plates on a Holden Commodore plastered with Sack Daniel Andrews and save Victoria stickers did the rounds across Melbourne in 2022.
‘The perfect license plate doesn’t exi… oh wait. F*** GOLD!’ a Victorian crime Facebook page posted.
Peter Dunlevie made no secret of his dislike for Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured)
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