British Columbia Municipal Exempt License Plates


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The Local Government Act and, its forerunner the Municipal Act, have always provided exemptions for certain vehicles from the requirement to display a municipal license plate (and later Decal).  Examples of these exemptions include vehicles owned by the province, or otherwise registered under the Commercial Transport Act (see the section on Motor Carrier plates).
When the first Municipal plates were introduced in 1963, a related "Exempt" plate was manufactured for these vehicles and was made available for a small fee (possibly $2.00).  An amendment, however, to the Municipal Act in 1975 removed the ability of municipalities to impose this charge and the "Exempt" plates were discontinued.
1963 - 1973:  Municipal Exempt
Issuing Statistics
1963:
unknown
1964:
unknown
1965:
unknown
1966:
unknown
1967:
unknown
1968:
unknown
1969:
unknown
1970:
unknown
1971:
unknown
1972:
unknown
1973:
unknown
The plates shown at left show one way in which the Municipal plate would have been affixed to a vehicle. 
The design of the "Exempt" plates would only change marginally over the course of their 13 year history with the 1974 and 1975 issues displaying the date in the top right-hand corner and truncating the word "MUNICIPAL" to read simply "MUN" and reversing this with the location of the "EXEMPT" designation.  Also, apart from the first year of issuance, the colours used would differ from those found on regular Municipal plates. 
1974 - 1975:  Municipal Exempt
Issuing Statistics
1975:
unknown
1976:
unknown

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