Photograph: Ted Clark.
Dave Muirhead of Prince George exhibits off the peeling license plate on his 2004 Pontiac. BC drivers with peeling plates ought to go to an Autoplan dealer for a free alternative as quickly as doable to keep away from a $230 advantageous.
Dave Muirhead first noticed his peeling license plates a few 12 months in the past.
He’s not alone.
The Prince George resident is considered one of 1000’s of BC drivers whose license plates have been delaminated and peeled off, leaving plate identification numbers and letters unreadable from a distance.
“The automotive is from 2004 and that is in all probability once I acquired the plates,” Muirhead stated.
“I thought of it once I first noticed it however now it is a lot worse, or course.”
Muirhead, 79, has been driving for many years and that is the primary time he has seen the plate fail to face the take a look at of time.
“They need to make them in a different way, that is for certain,” he stated.
“I am a little bit apprehensive about that, if there is a advantageous.”
There actually is.
Muirhead was unaware of the truth that driving with faulty plates might be fined $230 as acknowledged in Part 3.03 of the Motor Car Act Rules. Drivers are answerable for changing misplaced, stolen or broken plates on their autos.
In keeping with provincial legislation: “A quantity plate should be saved utterly unobstructed and free from grime or international matter, in order that the numbers and letters on it may be clearly seen and browse always and the numbers and letters are right. A pace monitoring system or visitors mild safety prescribed underneath part 83.1 of the Act Pictures taken utilizing gear.
Insurance coverage Company of BC (ICBC) spokesperson Greg Harper says prospects with delaminated plates ought to go to an Autoplan dealer to get a free alternative plate and accomplish that as quickly as doable to keep away from fines.
Waldell Manufacturing in Nova Scotia makes the plates used on BC autos. Harper stated our province just isn’t the one one affected by the issue.
“License plate delamination is going on throughout North America,” Harper stated in an electronic mail to the Citizen. “In BC, delamination has occurred primarily with plates manufactured from 2007 to 2012. We’re inspired that fewer BC plates have been affected in recent times.
“We apologize for the inconvenience this has brought about our prospects.”
In March, ICBC introduced it could discontinue using license plate decals, which point out the expiration date of the insurance coverage coverage. The change took impact on Could 1 and all prospects with new insurance policies or renewals is not going to need to affix the decals to their plates.
ICBC is encouraging eligible Autoplan prospects to resume their insurance coverage and registration by way of a brand new on-line system. Drivers can now print their very own registration varieties and insurance coverage paperwork on plain white paper utilizing their very own printer.
ICBC will proceed to replace digital data of insurance coverage and car registration for legislation enforcement businesses and others licensed to obtain that data.