Lights on, licence plate covers off

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CHARLOTTETOWN -- Daytime running lights on, licence plate covers off: it’s the law of the road on P.E.I.

Robert Vessey, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal announced Thursday that changes have been made to the Highway Traffic Act which make daytime running lights and no-licence-plate coverings effective immediately.

A third change, involving right-hand drive vehicles, takes effective June 1.

“Our department is always looking for ways to make our highways safer,” Minister Vessey said. “Daytime running lights make vehicles easier to see and licence-plate coverings make the plates harder to see, and these were simple but important safety improvements that could be made legislatively.”

Daytime running lights, the minister explained, help motorcyclists and bicyclists see oncoming traffic, and have been required for all vehicles manufactured after 1989 and for imported vehicles. Effective immediately, the new law requires that all vehicles have either their daytime running lights on and functional, or have their headlights turned on at all times.

Concerning licence plate covers, both tinted and clear, Vessey said police agencies had requested a strengthening of legislation to prohibit all plate covers, because the covers can reflect headlight glare and obscure the plate number.

Effective June 1, new registrations of right-hand drive vehicles, except for certain commercial purposes and for vehicles over 25 years of age, will no longer be permitted. The minister pointed out such vehicles are not compatible with traffic systems set up for left-hand-drive vehicles and present safety challenges for the driver and for the travelling public.

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