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License plate with a bike rack

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License plate with a bike rack

Hi Everyone,

I know most people seem to be okay with a bike rack obscuring their license plate without getting a ticket, but if one wanted to adhere to the letter of the law, what would be the best way of moving the license plate to conform to the law (mounting it on the bike rack, hanging it like rental cars do, etc). Or Is no matter what you do technically not in compliance?

In Ontario, if that makes a difference
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just leave it as is
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i have carried bikes on the back of my cars for years and have never had an issue with the police.
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Cops will do ticket campaigns and hand out tickets for this, but I have only heard of complaints of people getting ticketed with rack up and obscuring plate with no bikes on it.
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I would say 75% of people who have bike racks "blocking" their plate, haven't ridden/transported a bike in Years !! Cops should ticket more on this offense.
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drtmrcht wrote: I would say 75% of people who have bike racks "blocking" their plate, haven't ridden/transported a bike in Years !! Cops should ticket more on this offense.
Same goes for roof racks.
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engineered wrote: Same goes for roof racks.
I'd be very impressed if someone managed to obscure their plate using a roof rack Face With Tears Of Joy
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Zip tie the plate to one of the bike posts. As long as it’s the furthest thing behind the car, you’re ok.
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Ecsta wrote: I'd be very impressed if someone managed to obscure their plate using a roof rack Face With Tears Of Joy
You almost made me snork out what I was sipping as I read this! Your made my day with that pithy observation.
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Ecsta wrote: I'd be very impressed if someone managed to obscure their plate using a roof rack Face With Tears Of Joy
lol, was referring to not using the rack. haven't ridden/transported a bike in Years
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This is all officer discretion. The obscuring part in the law is left 100% up to the officer charging you. You can get a ticket for obscuring your licence plate via any means. Whether it's a clear (yes clear) plate cover which does nothing at all, or a bike rack which clearly makes it difficult/impossible to view the plate, or a bunch of snow/mud...you can get a ticket. Only thing you can't get an obscuring ticket for is having nothing over the view line of the plate at all.
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vaportech wrote: Zip tie the plate to one of the bike posts. As long as it’s the furthest thing behind the car, you’re ok.
No. It must be illuminated to make it ok.

From the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.

Rear lamps to illuminate number plate
(19) The lamp on the rear of a motor vehicle or trailer shall be of at least three candela and shall be so placed that it will, at any time from one-half hour before sunset to one-half hour after sunrise and at any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavourable atmospheric conditions, persons and vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of 150 metres or less, illuminate the numbers on the number plate, or, if provision is made on the number plate or on any attachment furnished or required by the Ministry for affixing the lamp, it shall be affixed in the position or space provided, and the lamp shall face to the rear and reflect on the number plate a white light only. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 62 (19).


Same in just about every other jurisdiction including the U.S. Day or night, it is a ticketable offence.

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