Just in case I decide to buy them.
Thanks in advance
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21. (1) Subject to subsection (2), number plates for a motor vehicle shall
be attached to the rear thereof.
(2) The number plate issued for a truck-tractor shall be attached to the
(3) Every number plate shall at all times be securely fastened in a
horizontal position to the vehicle for which it is issued so as to prevent
the plate from swinging and at a height of not less than 300 mm from the
ground measuring from the bottom of such plate, in a place and position
clearly visible and legible and shall be maintained free from foreign
9 times out of 10 you may get away with it, but you CAN be ticketed for it.
I've seen some posters in my local MTO office advising motorists not to use ANY type of plate cover. Even clear, tint free covers can make plates harder to read, especially at night.Number plate to be kept clean
(2) 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, and the view of the number plate 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. 1994, c. 27, s. 138 (7).
While plate covers are very popular, if you look at the small print on the box they typically say "for off road/show use only". Retailers have no obligation to ensure the accessories they sell are actually legal for road use.
While your plate cover is very patriotic, I would argue it's not legal.
NOTHING I SAY ON HERE IS LEGAL ADVICE.
Lets face it, police officers are not out there just to give drivers a hard time, contrary to popular believe, but the do have a job to do...
I've seen some plates that obstruct the view of the plate from an angle, now, those plate covers will definitely cost you a ticket...
Now with the after market back-up cameras...those are covering the word "Ontario" on the plate and get stopped for obstruct plate.
Plus as Stanton puts it...all covers come with the disclaimer on the package not for highway use, novelty use only.
I know tinted covers may not sound like an enforcement priority, but being able to easily read plates is important for many reasons. First, think of how many automated systems there are now that read your plates. Two big examples are the toll cameras along Highway 407 and growing number of red light cameras in various municipalities. I'd hazard a guess that the OPP who patrol along the 407 are much less tolerant with tinted plate covers since they regularly deal with scammers trying to evade tolls.
Even your everyday police officer on regular patrol wants to be able to quickly and clearly read your plate. Murphy's law states that the day you get pulled over because the officer can't make out your validation sticker, is also the same day you left your licence, ownership and proof of insurance at home.
See the problems we can have with these stupid covers.
http://www.OntarioTicket.com OR http://www.OHTA.ca