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Ontario considers scrapping front licence plates

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Ontario considers scrapping front licence plates

its about time


https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/ontario-c ... -1.4372267



Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, April 9, 2019 12:16PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, April 9, 2019 3:24PM EDT

TORONTO -- Ontario is considering eliminating front licence plates on vehicles across the province.

Government Services Minister Bill Walker said Tuesday that the idea is under review as a cost-savings measure but no decisions have been made by the Progressive Conservatives, who are set to reveal a redesign of Ontario's licence plates later this week.

Walker could not immediately say how much money scrapping front plates would save and noted that the government had yet to talk with police services about the impact it could have.

"We'll go out and do some due diligence," he said. "We'll make sure we meet with stakeholders and have good conversations ... and see if at the end of the day it's a good thing."

Walker said other jurisdictions have eliminated front plates, so it could make sense for Ontario to follow suit.

Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba are the only provinces that continue to require drivers to have licence plates on the front and back of their vehicles. Last month, the New Brunswick government cut the requirement for front plates on passenger and some commercial vehicles.

The review of the front plates will not be part of a broader redesign of Ontario licence plates set to be revealed later this week, Premier Doug Ford's office said.

Published media reports citing anonymous sources said the slogan on plates for passenger vehicles will be changing to "A Place to Grow," while the premier's office has said one of the Progressive Conservatives' campaign slogans -- "Open for Business" -- could end up on commercial plates.

Ford has said the redesign, which would replace the current slogan "Yours to Discover," would come at no cost to taxpayers.

When asked about the new slogan for regular plates, Walker would only say "stay tuned until Thursday."

Meanwhile, the government's review of front licence plates drew concern from the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police.

Executive director Jeff McGuire said eliminating front plates cuts down on the opportunity to identify vehicles involved in crimes.

"When we get into an Amber Alert situation, we have minutes to save the life of a vulnerable ... a child," he said. "We put that information to the public and ask them to watch for it, because it's almost always a licence plate involved ... and if you take away 50 per cent of the plates you're taking away an opportunity to intervene in that."

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath questioned the Ontario government's priorities and said it needs to talk to police if it is going to make the move.

"I think it's shameful that Mr. Ford, who talks a great game about having respect for policing, has once again not bothered to have a discussion with the people that are in those positions," she said.
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Deal Guru
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Would be awesome if they did but cops won't like it. BTW, there's already a thread discussing these changes.
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How do I plug up front license plate holes!?!?
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peteryorkuca wrote: How do I plug up front license plate holes!?!?
Lightbar mounts so you can blind everybody!
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Can you ask new car dealer not to install front license plate? I asked once few years back and they said they have to..
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ar2020 wrote: Can you ask new car dealer not to install front license plate? I asked once few years back and they said they have to..
Yes, it's your car, do what you want. Dealer has no obligation to put the front or rear plate on. I'm sure they just want to charge you the "plate installation fee".
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This is so great if you know too much about lidar speed enforcement.... Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes
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ar2020 wrote: Can you ask new car dealer not to install front license plate? I asked once few years back and they said they have to..
I was also denied with my Ford.
They showed me the build list and the front bracket is part of the assembly process and the dealership has no say to remove it.
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when can i toss mine out? Hopefully April 11th. Been waiting for this day for years.

Thanks be to Doug Smiling Face With Sunglasses
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Better offer me a partial refund for my personalized plates.
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vkizzle wrote: Better offer me a partial refund for my personalized plates.
Somehow I doubt that any license plate costs will go down.
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Viperoni wrote: Somehow I doubt that any license plate costs will go down.
Yeah, wishful thinking.
I will continue to rock front plates.
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angryaudifanatic wrote: This is so great if you know too much about lidar speed enforcement.... Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes
So we'd have to be speeding in reverse to get ticketed?
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Someone posted in the other thread and it is true that no front plate will make ones dash cam a little more useless.

Also persons who have front bumper guards will have to decide whether they like the clean look of no plate up front or have some bit of front bumper protection with those rubber license plate guards.

Ford is just deflecting from other news. Let's see who Ford will give the contract to replace to the new slogan. I think it will be Deco am I wrong? Just like how Ford gave Maple Leaf Farms taxpayers money and it goes to the McCain family who is linked to the husband Bill Morneau. Politics is a dirty game, conflict of interest and corruption all over the place.

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