The recent controversy surrounding the Ontario government's "unreadable" licence plates rumbles on. In the face of the PC Party's 180-turn on the issue, a tweet comparing the plates to a Q-Tips box has gone viral. Someone even jokingly posted a picture online of a box of the cotton buds next to an Ontario licence plate to "prove" the box is more visible. 

The photo, tweeted on Tuesday, February 18, appears to show a licence plate next to a container of swabs being shone under a bright light.

The metal rectangle cannot be seen at all due to the glare from the reflection. Meanwhile, the Q-Tips box remains perfectly visible.

Narcity reached out to the person who posted the image, Chris Cowley, and he admitted that it was, in fact, a doctored image that was posted as a joke.

In fact, it was an adaptation of a video posted a day earlier by CTV reporter Colin D'Mello.

In that footage, the comparative visibility of the new and old plates was tested, and it appears extremely difficult to see the numbers on the plates compared to the older ones.

The comparison may have been doctored but it illustrates a wider complaint that has dogged the plates' introduction.

Others have also taken to Twitter to complain and share their photos of the unreadable plates that Ontario has invested in, and the reviews aren't too great. 

"BREAKING: Under controlled environment with similar colour scheme, I have confirmed that a box of Q-tips is more visible at night than new Ontario licence plates," one Twitter user wrote. 

Others have also tweeted similar observations.

Since the design was first introduced last year, people have had strong opinions to share about Ontario's new branding.

Now that they're finally in circulation, the problems with visibility have been a major topic of discussion.

After a police officer posted a picture of the unreadable licence plates online, others have been quick to follow suit. 

In fact, it's also been a big issue for Toronto's new speed enforcement cameras, which are unable to read the font on the licence plates.

Ontario's government at first stood by their new licence plates. Lisa Thompson, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, was quoted as saying the plates are "actually very readable."

Just a day later, though, the government backtracked on that statement, saying that they are “continuing to work with the manufacturer, our stakeholders, and the public to get this right," according to CP24.

A rep for Ford's office said late Wednesday that "the government of Ontario expects 3M to stand by their product," per the Toronto Star.

"We are working with them on a path forward and will have more to say shortly.”

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