Province looking into concerns over readability of new license plates

People are concerned over readability at night

Does the province have a boondoggle on its hands?

People have been posting photos of the plates, especially during the nighttime, that show a glare washing out the letters and numbers when headlights are shining on them.

Police officers have even taken to social media to vent their frustrations and criticize the design.

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services says in an emailed statement to NEWSTALK 1010 "The government consulted with key stakeholders, including our law enforcement partners, to test the readability, reflectivity and functionality of the new high definition plate design.

Ontario's new high definition license plates were tested using advanced plate reader technology under multiple visibility conditions, and plates were successfully read under those conditions.

We have been made aware that some Ontarians are reporting concerns with readability to the naked-eye under certain light conditions.

We take this feedback seriously, value the input of Ontario drivers and law enforcement stakeholders and are currently looking into this."

Some drivers are looking at this to have the potential for opportunity and hop on the 407 for free.

Not so fast.

Kevin Sack with the 407 ETR says they worked with the government for a long time during the design and production of the license plates, letting them know what is required by their systems to make them readable. "Our equipment, being as technologically advanced as it, our equipment picks up a license plate as it's moving at a very high rate of speed on an off ramp whereas a police vehicle may be slowly coasting behind you, the 407 ETR picks up a plate while it's moving."

Sack says they have tested multiple plates in daylight and nighttime and there have been no issues.