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Quebec gives green light for vanity plates

Vanity plates get green light in Quebec.
Quebec Transport Minister Sylvain Gaudreault announces the introduction od vanity plates, Thursday, January 30, 2014 in Quebec City. Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press

QUEBEC – Quebec could be facing a bumper crop of vanity plates now that the provincial government has given the green light to the personalized licence tags.

Starting in September 2015, Newfoundland and Labrador will be the only holdout to the plates as Quebec joins everywhere else in Canada in allowing them.

Vanity plates have long been a popular means of self-expression.

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Quebec Transport Minister Sylvain Gaudreault announces the introduction od vanity plates, Thursday, January 30, 2014 in Quebec City. Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press
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Messages like “MMMBACON” and the self-explanatory “VNTYPL8” have been spotted in New York. One Florida car announced it was owned by a “GANGMBR.”

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But Quebec, famous for regulating language, will have a few restrictions on exactly what can grace the province’s vehicles.

Nathalie Tremblay, the head of the Quebec auto insurance board, said drivers can use a word or a combination of up to seven letters or numbers as long as they’re judged to be “respectful” and “appropriate.”

Transport Minister Sylvain Gaudreault said first names are fine but forget using something like “Nazi” or “FLQ.”

A list of prohibited words will be made available, he said.

The cost for getting a personalized plate will be between $100 and $250.

The government plans to offer public tenders for a firm to make the plates and Tremblay said it is premature to estimate how much could be made from the sales, which have been demanded by Quebecers for years.

The board estimates that about 80,000 people might opt for the vanity plates. That’s about 1.5 per cent of the province’s six million vehicles.

Will you consider getting vanity plates? What would you like written on them? Let us know in the comments – but keep it clean!

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