New Ontario license plates under fire for apparently being hard to read

Toronto videojournalist Andrew Collins noticed that the new plates are

As demonstrated in the last "not scientific" video using a prototype, besides being hard to read in low light, the numbers and letters on the new plates appear to become washed out in light when viewed from a distance. "We take this feedback seriously, value the input of Ontario drivers and law enforcement stakeholders and are now looking into this", the statement said.

Over the weekend, a tweet concerning the plates from Kingston Police's Sgt. Steve Koopman, who was off-duty at the time, went viral.

People have been commenting on the new licence plates on social media, complaining about the lack of visibility.

Nicko Vavassis, a spokesman for Government and Consumer Services Minister Lisa Thompson, said the government is aware of the complaints from Ontario drivers. "We have tested in terms of readability, reflectivity and durability on a whole host of weather conditions and they passed".

The province announced the new plates previous year, saying they would replace an earlier version plagued by a defect that saw them peel and become unreadable. "The plate will feature high-definition sheeting that is stronger and longer-lasting than Ontario's current licence plate technology".

"We have gone through a rigorous testing program with our stakeholders to ensure that the new plates for Ontario are durable and are absolutely reflecting the key information that the people need to be seeing", she said.

New Ontario license plates under fire for apparently being hard to read
New Ontario license plates under fire for apparently being hard to read

He questions whether police were consulted before the plates were designed.

But some critics, including Liberal leader John Fraser, are questioning whether the plates were properly tested at all by Doug Ford's provincial government.

Angela Valdez tells CityNews she was discussing the new licence plates with her friends and made a decision to look for them when she was out driving one night, to see any possible problems for herself.

Brian Patterson, president of the Ontario Safety League, a traffic safety organization, says it should be a basic requirement that a plate can be read at night.

A spokesperson for the highway tells CityNews they have seen some of the new plates and can read them "just fine".

At least two Halton police officers who spoke on condition of anonymity and one Halton Region paramedic have expressed their concerns with the new licence plates, which came into effect February 1.


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