The rollback is complete. The provincial government has announced it will be clawing back the new Ontario licence plates to address those widely reported visibility issues. This news comes after the widespread backlash the government has received about the new plates when they came out. Doug Ford's office plans to re-issue the old ones until new ones are provided that can actually be read in all types of light.
According to a news release by the government of Ontario, the distribution of the new license plates will end on March 4, 2020.
Although the release insists that the plates do not pose a safety risk, it acknowledges this move will help minimize the number of people in the province who will be needing replacements.
On March 5, 2020, the remaining previous white plates will be re-issued to Ontarians for the time being in order to save money. They will continue to be issued until supply has run out.
The distribution of new "enhanced" plates will then begin the week beginning March 16, according to the government.
When ServiceOntario locations across the province run out of stock, the new plates will begin to be handed out.
"The government says it will have to replace 71,000 blue licence plates - which represents less than 1% of the 7.6m active passenger plates in the province," reports Colin D'Mello of CTV News.
"Drivers will be notified via mail with replacement instructions," he adds.
However, CTV reports customers who receive the white plates will not be getting new enhanced plates to replace them unless they are damaged, delaminated, lost or stolen.
Those people who have the new plates and are looking for them to be replaced will be contacted directly by mail with instructions.
The new Ontario license plates have faced some issues in the past few months as it turns out they can be pretty damn hard to read at night. Even, it seems, for police officers.
Toronto's new photo radar cameras, which were installed across the city at considerable cost, are also unable to read the font on the new plates.