In Ontario, motorists must keep their licence plates free from obstruction. As per the Highway Traffic Act, obstruction includes, but is not limited to, the peeling, fading, and natural deterioration of the plate over time. This means that even if you did not mean to obstruct your plate, you can be charged under the Highway Traffic Act. 

The charge, under section 13(2) of the Highway Traffic Act, reads, “Every number plate shall be kept free from dirt and obstruction and shall be affixed so that the entire number plate, including the numbers, is plainly visible at all times, and the view of the number plate shall not be obscured or obstructed.” A charge under section 13(2) carries an $85.00 fine and, if convicted, will appear on your driving record and will be visible to your insurance company. 

If your plate is peeling or fading, you must visit a Service Ontario to get a replacement in order to avoid being charged under section 13(2). The cost is $59.00, and you must bring the following items: identification, proof of insurance, the original vehicle permit (plate and vehicle portion). 

If you have been charged under section 13(2) of the Highway Traffic Act for having an obstructed plate, please reach out to our office for a free consultation. We are happy to help!

Have You Recieved A Traffic Citation In Ontario, Quebec, Michigan or New York?

If you’ve recently received a traffic citation in Ontario, Quebec, Michigan, or New York, OTD Ticket Defenders offers a free initial case review to explain your rights under the law. Contact us today to set up a no-cost consultation, or text a picture of your ticket or summons to (226) 240-2480 for a fast and free evaluation of your case. We service all areas of Ontario including Kitchener, Cambridge, Georgetown, London and Windsor.

Ron Harper
A licensed paralegal with over 30 years of experience in traffic offences. Founder of OTD Ticket Defenders.
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