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      01-28-2007, 08:53 PM   #1
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No license plate

if i dont' have license plate on the front, will i get pulled over and any consequences?

i live in vancouver btw
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      01-28-2007, 10:00 PM   #2
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Yeah , there is a possiblilty of you getting pulled over. I believe the fine is $86 dollars. I have a few friends that reside out there , and dont have front plates. Its a crap shoot.
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      01-28-2007, 10:11 PM   #3
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if i dont' have license plate on the front, will i get pulled over and any consequences?

i live in vancouver btw
YES you will get pull over
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      01-28-2007, 11:29 PM   #4
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it depends...if cop is in good mood, you might get away from just a warning, but some people has told me they get a ticket straight up...so it depends on the cop who pulls you over
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I had no license plate on the front for about 7month w/ my previous car.....
one time got pulled over.... in 7month...
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      01-29-2007, 12:10 AM   #6
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I went without one for about 4 months then got pulled over. But got away with only a warning.
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      01-29-2007, 12:15 AM   #7
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I have been running without front plate on my MB for almost 2 years, have not gotten a ticket yet.
and I drive around a lot.
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      01-29-2007, 12:22 AM   #8
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I see alot of people out there w/o front plates. Really depends on the cop I guess..
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for those who said you haven't get caught for 7 months, 2 years, so on....

so how many cops have you went head on with?

cause if he's behind you or something, then he might not see that you don't have the front license plate

so it's the head on situations that really counts...cause for some reason, i ALWAYS see cops in my opposite lane for some reason...so that's why i want to ask if it's legal to remove my license plate....

what about putting it behind the windheild? anyone done that before?
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      01-29-2007, 07:23 AM   #10
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it depends on where you are and why you might be pulled over. i drove around with no front plate on my last car for nearly 2 years with no front plate. never worried while i was driving around or if there was a cop in the lane beside me. it was going through a seat belt check and that's where i got tagged for no front plate. complete cash grab on the cops end, but in BC it is ILLEGAL to drive around without a front plate.

i've heard of people putting their front plates in the front window / windshield, but i don't know if they'll accept that as actually being legit. depends on the cop i guess. i've also heard of guys with really expensive cars (ala ferarri, bentley, etc.) that do not want to drill holes in their $5-6k bumpers and have gone as far as putting laminated photocopies in the grille (hard to explain properly) with zap straps or clips.

i think it's a stupid law; none the less, it's the law in BC that you have to have a front plate. so, be nice, be appreciative if they give you a warning. and hope you don't get stuck with the $86 fine.
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      01-29-2007, 10:38 AM   #11
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Can't recall if this was law when I lived in Vancouver during the mid/late 70's but it was when I moved to Nova Scotia in the early 80's when it was required to have a front plate. I didn't use a front plate for the 20 years that it was required and got 2 tickets (they changed the law here about 4-5 years ago so no front plate is required ). Both were when I was pulled over for something else (speeding IIRC), not for the lack of a plate.

I know NS is different than BC, but I found something that eliminated the problem here and would likely have similar success most places.

In 1987 I bought a new car that had just landed (Halifax is the landing point for most cars from Germany/overseas) and had it rushed into service so I could use it for my vacation. There was no front plate bracket with the car so the dealership had to order one from Germany and when I got back from vacation, they called to setup an appointment to install it. I really didn't want a front plate so I just went in and picked up the bracket from the dealer and put it along with the front plate in the trunk.

I was pulled over a year later in the city for a "spot check" that the police were conducting. They were checking for expired registrations, etc. They had it setup so you couldn't see them until it was too late to turn off, this also meant that if you were speeding to any degree (I was doing about 90-100 km/h in a 50 km/h zone ) you were right on top of them before you saw them. I couldn't stop quickly enough for the cop who was standing in the middle of my lane and he had to move out of the way. To say he wasn't impressed with me would be a gross understatement. He started yelling at me about my speed and that if he'd had a radar gun I'd be walking. So he definitely was primed to nail me on anything he could. All my paperwork was in order, but then he said, "I'm going to give you a ticket for no front plate". I got out of the car and pulled out the plate from the trunk and the bracket. I then told him that the car had been delivered without it and that they'd had to order one which never arrived until the 3rd request. I'd just gotten the plate and was on my way that day to see if the dealer could install it. I didn't get a ticket. That doesn't mean someone else wouldn't but it did save me a fine.

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for those who said you haven't get caught for 7 months, 2 years, so on....

so how many cops have you went head on with?

cause if he's behind you or something, then he might not see that you don't have the front license plate

so it's the head on situations that really counts...cause for some reason, i ALWAYS see cops in my opposite lane for some reason...so that's why i want to ask if it's legal to remove my license plate....

what about putting it behind the windheild? anyone done that before?

seen cops numours times... even by road check.... they didn't pull me over..

I really think it depends on cops...
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