The Ontario government is defending the design of its new licence plate a day after the Ford administration confirmed it was looking into reports that the plates are unreadable at night.Speaking to reporters at Queen’s Park Tuesday, Minister of Government and Consumer Services Lisa Thompson said that the new plates are “actually very readable.” “We have gone through a rigorous testing program with our stakeholders to ensure that the new plates for Ontario are durable, are absolutely reflecting the key information that the people need to be seeing,” Thompson told reporters on Tuesday. Thompson was asked about the issue after a number of posts to social media earlier this week, which appear to show the plates being almost impossible to read when light is reflected on them at night. In fact, the Kingston Police sergeant who first highlighted the issue has since reported seeing a number of the new licence plates with the same issue. It appears to be something with the reflective nature of the alphanumerics on the plate, because in regular light or daylight they're white and more prominent. Unfortunately policing doesn't cease once the sun sets. — Sgt Steve Koopman (@SgtKoopman) On Monday, Thompson’s office confirmed that it was “looking into” the reports of readability issues in dark light conditions. READ MORE Government looking into reports new licence plates are unreadable at night “We have been made aware that some Ontarians are reporting concerns with readability to the naked-eye under certain light conditions,” Thompson said. On Tuesday, Thompson reiterated that she was aware that “some Ontarians” are reporting concerns and that the government takes the feedback seriously. “With any issue, we receive feedback and we take it back. But I can assure you that we have been exhaustive with our testing . We have tested in terms of readability, reflectivity, and durability on a whole host of weather conditions and they [the plates] passed. And they were tested for readability at night.” "We are confident in the plate that has been presented. They work—but as with any issue, I'm sure you can appreciate, we welcome feedback." Despite that, when asked how the government was going to fix the apparent problem, the minister instead criticized the previous plate design and the Liberal government that implemented them. “I’m sure everyone here today would agree with me, whole heartedly, that the status quo, the flaking and peeling Liberal plates were not an option to stick with,” Thompson said. “Ontarians deserved better and we’re delivering on that,” she added. ‘I thought Ontario was a place to grow, not a place to glow’: NDP Transportation critic The apparent licence plate design flaw made its way into question period Tuesday when NDP MPP and Infrastructure and Transportation Critic Jennifer French, addressed the issue. “After a lot of money and a lot of fanfare from this government we have been hearing from the community that the new licence plates that rolled out on February 1st are next to impossible to read in the dark,” French said. “Does the premier have the sense to recognize that this is something that needs to be fixed and what is the plan to fix the plates?” Minister Thompson fielded the question, and once again highlighted that the plates where tested under a whole host of visibility conditions with successful reading results but stopped short of saying how the government aimed to fix the problem. “We are aware that some Ontarians are reporting concerns with regards to readability to the naked eye under some light conditions. That said, we take this input very seriously and we’re working with our manufacturers to get down to the bottom of it,” Thompson said. Thompson added that the technology on the new plates has already been adopted by provinces like Saskatchewan and Manitoba and can be read by Highway 407’s automated toll cameras. Despite that, French reiterated her point by saying that the plates were “weirdly reflective” when lights shine on them. “The whole plate glows and letters and numbers cannot be read with the naked human eye,” French said. “I thought Ontario was a place to grow, not a place to glow,” French added, an obvious dig at the slogan featured on the new plates. READ MORE: Read more: CTV News
These plates are UGLY....useless..and the whole re design..a waste of money..and the slogan..just..no I’m ok with this 😂 If government is involved - it’s guaranteed to fail 🤷♂️ A place to grow? Think they've been smoking what they've been growing..... What part of you can’t read them at night is difficult for the Ford Government to understand?
They work as long as the criminals are not getting their license plates read I guess that's what the four government wants. They work about as well as the Ontario government LisaThompsonMPP we have bigger problems than a licence plate Yeah sure. They work as well as the Ontario government. Can she spell licence plate LisaThompsonMPP ? She continually puts her foot in her mouth. What region voted her in? They didn’t check on her ability to govern. Brutal from day one!
Government looking into reports new Ontario licence plates are unreadable at nightThe Ontario government has confirmed to CTV News Toronto that they are looking into reports that the province’s new licence plates are difficult to read at night. They are unreadable during the day too. They are so UGLY and fake looking!! 😂🌹 They had to let the cat out of the fucken bag yeeeeeaaaaahhhhhhhh
Just like the Gov’t that promoted them they promote blindness. Uh... no they don’t. You can’t read them at night, and “ability to be easily read and identified” is their literal only job. Once again our damn GOVERNMENT can’t admit they’re FUCKING WRONG!!!! How many more years with the Conservatives blame the Liberals for everything?
Hey Phil PhilTsekouras, is it you, or CTVToronto that write the misleading ledes to your article? 'defending the design of new licence plate a day after the administration confirmed it was looking into reports that the plates are unreadable at night' This is ludicrous that fordnation does not want to correct a MAJOR flaw. How is amber alert going to work if we can’t read the plate at night.
How dumb are they? Must be blind too! The plates work about as well as this government does. Which ain’t much! Conservative policies...
Province 'looking into' reports that new licence plates are difficult to read at nightThe Ministry of Government and Consumer Services says that it is “looking into” concerns that have been raised about the readability of Ontario ’s new licence plates when it is dark out. HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA fordnation HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH Transportation Minister should be fired .... Simple ..... And remove those useless plates out of the roads asap.....thank you
I guess the cons are working for the CON Artists Not sure why people are pissed over this. Guess you like getting camera tickets....... Are the OPCs incapable of telling the truth? Gawd she is really really dumb. Who votes for more brainwashing tomorrow? Hello government, fix it now! If not for your pride/ego then think about it when it comes to kidnapping and amber alerts. Can't read it, can't report it!
Of cause it works like Doug Ford’s Ontario Government, it’s invisible at night (it works only half day) Have seen a few on cars and they look great. Way over due for a new look!!
Ontario investigating licence plate defect weeks after new decals were releasedThere have been complaints the new plates have a defect which makes them difficult to read in low light Epidemic Platelash: The injuries suffered by law enforcement officers involved in rear-end collisions caused by following a vehicle closely enough to decipher its license plate, but too closely to stop in time. PlateGate OnPoli The PC government looks like they ripped off the design from the London Metro Osyter card quite literally
So you want to see licence plate numbers in the dark.........Is this an Elizabeth May thing ? I tried to read one of these plates today on the road but the only times I could read it were when I was stopped directly behind the car at red lights. The old plates work better and look nicer. They're great to pump gas and take off.. yes it works for me.. thanks
Looks like the final word will come from 407ETR - if the plates can't be read, they will lose a ton of money and won't stop talking about it!! Bet they had them made in CHINA. The Blue is what China uses on their plates. 'I lie therefore I am'. The not-so-secret PC motto. Failure same as the Ford Gov't
'They work' if they're in braille... PROTECTS criminals running away - tactic, good I s'pose? Lol Laughable
Kentucky must pay US$150K for denying man's 'IM GOD' licence platesKentucky officials have been ordered by a federal judge to pay US$150,000, after losing a lawsuit against a man with 'IM GOD' licence plates . If he really was God (if God exists at all). He’d fix all the problems on this planet. And so they should!! We live in a free speech society nothing wrong with that plate!!! Now it's time for Kentucky to sue him for false advertising
So now we're going to start denying reality in Canada too? We can't possibly become any more Americanized, we might as well start flying the stars and stripes. But they don’t work 😂 Makes the police more resilient I guess it costs too much to admit you are wrong? Not the ones I've seen. 🙄 Whereabouts are these plates manufactured?
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Pharmaceutical company Janssen recruits former Doug Ford adviser as lobbyistThe company is trying to lobby the Ontario government to keep funding its lucrative drug Remicade instead of forcing patients to switch to cheaper biosimilars In other news.... Pharmaceutical company flummoxed after all of the labels fall off of their bottles.