The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding all motorists that having a clean
and visible licence plate is not an option, it's the law!
We've all seen them, those with faded or dirty licence plates. We also see motorists
with shaded or coloured plastic coverings over top of licence plates. The OPP need
motorists to know that the Highway Traffic Act dictates that every number plate
shall be kept free from dirt and obstruction and shall be affixed so that the entire
number plate, including the numbers, is plainly visible at all times. The view shall
not be obscured or obstructed by spare tires, bumper bars, any part of the vehicle,
any attachments to the vehicle or the load carried.
Licence plates provide citizens of the community with safety and security by allowing
police to readily identify the owner of the vehicle. Should the vehicle be involved
in a traffic violation or a criminal offence, a licence plate could potentially
aid police in identifying the involved driver.
In some instances drivers are unaware that their licence plate has become obstructed
by dirt or snow when driving on back roads or bad weather. Though understandable,
this is still an offence. Police are more concerned; however, with motorists who
have faded licence plates, darkened coverings or altered plates that are aware of
the plate status and are attempting to conceal their identity.
Persons who violate the rules pertaining to licence plates could potentially face
a fine, imprisonment or both, suspension of the plate, and/or the seizure of the
plates, as they are property of the Crown. The OPP encourages everyone to ensure
their licence plate is clearly visible. If your plates are faded due to use, motorists
should have them replaced at their nearest licencing office.
OPP Contact Information
- OPP Non-emergency Phone: 1-888-310-1122
- CRIME STOPPERS: 1-800-222-T.I.P.S. (8477)
- OPP Website
- Winter Driving Information: 1-800-268-4686
- Elgin County OPP: 519-631-2920
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- Provincial ROPE Squad: toll free at 1-866-870-ROPE (7673)
- Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre: toll free at 1-888-654-9426 or www.antifraudcentre.ca