One Plate Please!

August 2, 2011

With provincial governments pinching pennies like never before, a person would think that someone in the drivers seat at ICBC would come to the conclusion that BC drivers only need one license plate on their vehicle. In 2010 there were 2,062,433 passenger vehicles registered in British Columbia. At some point they were all issued plates. The cost of manufacturing an extra plate for each vehicle wouldn’t pay off the Provincial debt but it would still be a savings.

license plateIn the Canadian provinces and territories of Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon, licence plates are currently only required on the rear of the vehicle. The remaining provinces, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, and Ontario, require the licence plates to be mounted on both the front and rear of the vehicle.

Does having a second plate, on the front, actually serve a purpose? You may be able to recognize which province the vehicle is from but that is about all. If so many jurisdictions don’t feel the need for a second plate ( 19 States in the US also have only 1 plate only) then why is it that BC still finds it necessary to have two.

I like the option of having one plate on a vehicle. I also like the idea of being able to put a personal choice plate on the front of the vehicle. “Born Free”, “Wild Thing”, “Retired” and “Gone Fishing” can’t be seen on any of our local plates. Military affiliations, Home Towns and Famous sayings of all kinds, are waiting in the wings for the day they can take their place on the front of your vehicle.

Now this is not a really serious issue that would have our politicians debating for weeks and months on end. It is not a complicated regulation to change. It simply takes someone, with a connection to whom ever it is in the provincial government or ICBC that has the authority, to call that person and get them to put the ball in motion and have things changed. If you are that person and do make that call I will be eternally grateful. I have a couple of plates in the garage dying to go for a ride.

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