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Last week-end I was warned (by a traffice cop) that the clear plastic cover
on my plate was illegal in Ontario.....

It was light blue - I told the officer I would replace it with a clear cover
and he told me all plastic covers are illegal and that even a frame that
might cover any part of the plate numbers or letters was illegal....

He followed me for about 3 km and pulled up beside me at a light and
asked me if I had $110.00 to spend....
He said that dirt can build up between the plate and the inside of the plate
cover and disguise numbers and letters and make them difficult to read

Needless to say the plastic cover came off as soon as I got home.....
I had to remove it - my plate # and the info is now in their data bank.....
They are always checking plates on their computers when stopped at
lights and in parking lots........SO

I'd rather spend the $110 on gas, etc...

I doubt they would stop you for the cover but if you ran a light (which
nobody ever does) or happen to get caught speeding (which nobody ever
does) the police officer might just nail you for two or three infractions
and you could say good-bye to several hundred dollars and maybe some
points against your permit.

A couple of my neighbours have plate covers that came off that day
when I told them about my encounter.....

Check the legalities in your area but in ONTARIO CANADA, this is the law.

By the way, I returned the cover to Canadian Tire and after some
discussion, they gave me a refund of $9.00.....I thought that was rather
decent of CT because I had purchased the cover about 9 months before.

GONE BUMP
 

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Here in BC, police cracked down on it years ago when they first introduced photo radar. The fear was that people would use "photo blocker" shields to hide from the cameras.

Now, since photo radar has been disbanded there isn't that emphasis, but I suppose enthusiastic traffic officers might pull people over for it. A blue cover will definitely attract attention--I've never seen anyone with one and I don't know why Canadian Tire sells them, but clear ones (that are kept clean) seem to fly under the radar :wink:.
 

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Any cover distorts the view of the license plate to some degree. The clear polarized ones are very visible to the naked eye - but cannot be seen through when wearing polarized sunglasses (or by most camera's).
 

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Here on PEI, there are no real laws at all - rather, they aren't enforced.
People drive either 70 km/h in a 90 or 140 in a 90.
They don't use signal lights, they hog lanes, pass on the inside, etc.
I got my first ticket for speeding in 12 years just last year for going 110 in a 90, right after I got passed by someone going easily 140.
Then, I got smart and bought a radar detector.
I usually keep my speeds very reasonable, it's the 'bad luck' and 'cash grab' radar traps I don't like.
Since I bought the radar detector, I've saved hundreds of dollars in potential fines, and I now have the choice of joining the locals in disregarding the unenforced laws.
 

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ANY license plate cover is illegal in PA, but if the police are enforcing the law, you'd never know. I see all kinds of people with covers that effectively make their plate unreadable.
 
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