Ontario Historic Licence Plate CRACKDOWN
Street Rods and Hot Rods shouldn't have Historic Plates
It appears the the police have decided to clamp down on the use of Historic Licence Plates in Ontario. I have already heard from a couple of folks who have been pulled over.
Vehicles more than 30 years old and substantially unchanged since manufacture may qualify for a "Historic" registration.
Annual fees are much lower ($18 vs $120) for a passenger car in 2017, but Historic Vehicles may not be used as conventional transportation.
Ontario Highway Traffic Act - Historic Vehicle Plates
Here is the information that I have printed from the current Ontario Highway Traffic Act. The bold print is mine:
Ontario Street Rodders Speak Out about Historic Licence Plates
Here is an excerpt of an email I received:
I also spoke with Jason Wilson of the Vintage Auto Insurance program at Reeds in Lindsey. While he agrees that those running historic plates should be aware that if their vehicle is modified, historic plates are not correct for the car, his insurance carrier would not use that against the insured if there was a claim.
Ontario Historic Plates are NOT for Modified Vehicles
So if you are asked if you should run Ontario Historic Plates, this is the situation as I know it. The short answer would be, No. Why put your special vehicle in danger for the $102 savings? Especially if there is a $170 ticket waiting for you outside of the Cruise Night. If you want to drive your modified vehicle, get a regular plate and get out on the road and drive!
-- Bob McJannett
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Licence vs. license
Licence isn’t used in American English, and license is both a noun and a verb. For example, one who is licensed to drive has a driver’s license. In all the other main varieties of English, licence is the noun, and license is the verb. So, for instance, one who is licensed to perform dental surgery has a dental surgeon’s licence.
In both the UK and the US, license is a verb, as in, “I am licensed to drive.” However, in the United States, it can be used as a noun, as in, “I have a driver’s license.”
Licence, on the other hand, is a strictly British usage. In the UK, English speakers use licence as a noun, in the same way that Americans use license as a noun.
So, where do Canadians come in? Do we side with Americans as we do with tire and curb, or do we side with the British as we do with colour and metre?
Well, in this case, in Canada, we use “licence” as a noun and “license” as a verb, just like the Brits.
Now, keep in mind, as with some other words, this usage is changing. Just as how the American spelling of color and pronunciation of zee are starting to gain popularity in Canada, so is the American usage of license. In time, Canadians may end up favouring the simpler approach.
But for now, in Canada, use licence as a noun and license as a verb. An easy way to remember it is that your driver’s licence is a card, and licence and card both contain a C. Also, Canada starts with a C, and we use licence, which also has a C.
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