Manitoba drivers saying goodbye to license plate stickers

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MPI announces licence plate validation stickers will no longer be required by Manitobans starting March 1, 2016.

WINNIPEG — Kiss those dusty fingers goodbye when it comes to updating your license plate sticker. Starting March 1, 2016 you will no longer be required to put those little stickers on your plates.

The province said Winnipeg police officers and RCMP now have the ability to check for valid plates with a camera. The technology means they no longer need to see the year on the sticker.

Manitoba is the third province in the country to initiate the change. Due to Manitoba Public Insurance’s staggered five-year renewal system, the sticker transition should be complete by March 1, 2021.

“The elimination of stickers was the result of collaboration discussions with police agencies, and will result in reduced costs to the Corporation, which will in turn benefit rate players,” said Ward Keith, vice-president of Business Development and Communications at MPI in a news release.

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“Our customers will also find it more convenient to not have to apply stickers to their licence plates.”

MPI said this change will save them about $200,000 a year.