The rules are clear: your licence plates can’t be obscured

Coquitlam

2019-11-21 10:55 PST

The side-view of this licence plate cover shows how it is deliberately designed to defeat intersection and security cameras.  This driver received a $230.00 fine. 

The side-view of this licence plate cover shows how it is deliberately designed to defeat intersection and security cameras. This driver received a $230.00 fine

 

Your licence plates come in a pair for a reason, and the only thing between your licence plate and other traffic should be air.

When it comes to after-market licence plate covers and having no front plate, we sometimes issue warnings instead of a ticket, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. But there’s really no good excuse for having no front licence plate. And with covers that are deliberately designed to defeat red-light and security cameras, our traffic officers are likely to give you a $230.00 ticket every time.

Here is the wording of the BC Motor Vehicle Act:

Coquitlam RCMP wants to remind you that even covers sold at legitimate retailers, auto dealers, or repair shops may be illegal in BC.

Just put both your plates on and leave them the same way you got them from your insurance broker, says Corporal McLaughlin. And having a licence plate propped on the front windshield is not a good strategy- unless you really enjoy attention from police.

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Cpl. Michael McLaughlin

Media Relations Officer
Coquitlam RCMP
coquitlam.rcmp.ca
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y5
Office: 604-945-1580

Email: coquitlam_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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