Columbia Agricultural License Plates
("A" Prefix Plates)
The origins of the Farm Truck plate date to 1961 when the province created a separate category for such trucks by introducing the 'A' prefix as a separate designation and retaining the former 'F' prefix exclusively for Farm Tractors.
One of the challenges in presenting the orange-on-white base used between 1974 and 1978 is not so much with finding appropriately declaed plates, but the appropriate serial issued in that particular year:
As with the Farm Tractor, when the Flag base was introduced in 1985, the Farm Truck serial commenced where the 1979 serial had ended (i.e. A75-000) before recommencing at A00-000. Accordingly, and rather counter-intuitively, plates such as A00-900 (as shown below) are actually later issues ...
- 2001: Flag Graphic
A92-600 to A99-199
A00-000 to A14-999
A99-200 to A99-999
A15-000 to A25-199
A25-200 to A31-199
A31-200 to A33-699
A33-700 to A37-499
A37-500 to A42-199
A42-200 to A48-199
A48-200 to A54-199
It is thought that 'A' prefix combinations were exhausted sometime in 1999 and that the series was recommenced with a new 'G' prefix starting with plate G0-0000.
It is known that the last License Plate Identification Guide put out by ICBC in which Farm Trucks were listed as having an 'A' prefix was 1998, and that early issue plate usually come with 2001 decals.
The switch over from Astrogrpahic to Waldale dies is thought to have occured around the G1-9000 mark.
As of April 2010, a full ten years into the issuance of the series, the highest 'G' prefix plate spotted was 'G4-5526'. One of the reasons it is believed that the 'G' prefix is progressing slower than the 'A' prefix is that many 'A' plates still remain on the roads and can be renewed annually.
June 2005, ICBC announced a tightening of the rules pertaining
to the issuance and renewal of Agriculture plates. Effective
from the 15th of that month, farmers were henceforward required
to present one of the following documents to an Autoplan broker
when applying for or renewing their farm license plates:
BC Farmer Identity Card issued by the BC Agriculture
• Family Farm Emblem issued by the Ministry of
• Most recent Property Assessment Notice for farmland.
In 2007, the Farm Truck plate type was one of the lucky six plate types along with passenger, truck, motorcycle, trailer and utility trailer to be made available on the optional 2010 Olympic Winter Games base. It is thought that no more than a couple hundred of these plates were manufactured.