Plategate rumbles on. The provincial government is now admitting that there are in fact flaws with the new Ontario licence plates. On February 18, provincial staff denied that visibility was an issue at night time. On February 19, they admitted it is, after all.
The new plates in the province have been a huge topic of discussion since their recent introduction.
And it looks like they are very much still a work in progress.
On Tuesday, February 18, Lisa Thompson, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, defended the change.
She insisted they were put through “rigorous testing” to ensure they were “durable and absolutely reflecting the key information that people need to be seeing," per CTV News. She also stressed they were "actually very readable," according to CP24.
However, just one day later, Thompson acknowledged that issues are being found.
She insists the province has "heard the concerns" and is "listening" and says the Ontario government is “continuing to work with the manufacturer, our stakeholders, and the public to get this right," according to CP24.
Brad Ross from @cityoftoronto says that 50 automated speed enforcement machines that are now issuing warning to spe… https://t.co/5eR9y9f4SC— Catherine McDonald (@Catherine McDonald)1582140388.0
As reported by the Toronto Star, Thompson also told MPPs while speaking in the legislature on Wednesday that 3M, the company Ontario partnered with on this scheme, is "responsible for quality control and manufacturing the plates,” not the province.
As well, Premier Doug Ford’s office told CTV on Wednesday that they are “frustrated” by the situation.
According to CBC, traffic safety advocate Tom Worrall has called for "an immediate halt to the implementation of this program until further testing."
Meanwhile, Mothers Against Drunk Driving has also expressed concerns about the new plates because their low visibility makes it tougher to report suspected drunk drivers on the road.
"The ability to clearly see the licence plates is obviously crucial if people need to call police to report suspected impaired drivers, or other dangerous drivers," MADD Canada told CTV.
Update: We tried it with the old plate. Again we have a prototype, which the gov’t says has been improved upon.… https://t.co/sI6ZYvcsJl— Colin D'Mello CTVNews (@Colin D'Mello CTVNews)1581963948.0
The Globe and Mail's Laura Stone tweeted on Wednesday that the Ontario Provincial Police says it tested the new plates last fall in all kinds of light, and that no issues were found at the time.
So, perhaps they were surprised by Kingston Police Sgt. Steve Koopman's damning assessment over the weekend.
Meanwhile, according to Global News' Catherine McDonald, Toronto's chief communications officer Brad Ross said Wednesday that 50 automated speed enforcement machines and around 100 red light cameras around Toronto are having trouble reading the word "Ontario" on the plates.
Someone was tweeting about the new Ontario License plates and how you cant see them at night. Its true! I Took this… https://t.co/ySkiTVKyGK— Heba Mousa (@Heba Mousa)1581907091.0
The city was not consulted by the province before introducing the new plates, Ross added, per McDonald. They are trying to "work through" the difficulties.
For now, though, it looks like there's no end to"plategate" in sight.
Narcity has reached Thompson and the office of the Premier for comment.