P.E.I. licence plate nominated for award

Colin MacLean
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CHARLOTTETOWN – The world’s largest licence plate collector’s group has nominated P.E.I.’s new plates for an award.

The Automobile License Plate Collector’s

Association has 12 new licence plates on its short-list of ‘best plates of the year.”

All the other nominees are from the U.S., expect for one from Mexico.

Only ALPCA members can vote in the contest through March 4. The winner will be announced in April in the association’s magazine and on its web site, www.alpca.org. The association has more than 2,600 members in all 50 U.S. states and in 19 countries.

Transportation Minister Robert Vesey welcomed the news.

“We are pleased that our new licence plate has been well received, both by Islanders and by licence plate collectors,” said Vessey. “

One of the criteria for the Best Plate award is legibility, which was the main factor we considered when in­troducing the new plate to replace our five existing designs.”

More than 50,000 new plates have been purchased for Island passenger vehicles since going on sale September 20, 2013. There are approximately

115,000 vehicles registered in the province.

Islanders can also add an image of a fox, trout, lady’s slipper, Canada goose, or blue jay to their plate for an annual fee of $10 that supports wildlife conservation efforts. Like the standard-issue plate, the conservation plates are available in English and French.

Motorists have until September to install a new licence plate, which they can purchase for $5 now or when renewing their vehicle registration at an Access PEI site or online at www.gov.pe.ca/mvr.

Geographic location: U.S., Mexico, Blue Jay

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  • Archie Ferguson
    February 28, 2014 - 13:29

    How on earth does adding visual clutter to a licence plate make it "better?" The plate is there to allow easy identification of a vehicle, not as a platform for artistic expression. Makes as much sense as allowing personalized colour schemes and decorations on passports.