British Columbia Passenger License Plates
1930

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The following year (1930), the license plate contract was manufactured by the Thompson Heating and Ventilating Company of Vancouver, who had been able to underbid Tacey by approximately half-a-cent per set of plates (i.e. $0.135/pair versus $0.14/pair for Tacey). More regarding the political machinations behind this change in the contract can be found in Tales from the Back Bumper, which is available for purchase by Clicking Here!
1930
Ron Garay Collection
Ron Garay Collection
Issuing Statistics
Initial Series:
1 to 105,000
Registered:
80,766
Over-run:
(not applicable)
Issued:
Pairs
Manufacturer:
Thompson Heating and Ventilating Company
Dimensions:
338 mm x 148 mm
Material:
Steel
Comments:
First year that two different sized plates would be issued. Required to accommodate 6-digit registrations.
* Estimate / Unconfirmed
Tom Bourne Collection
Ron Garay Collection
Pierre Delacote Collection
Of note, 1930 was the first year that vehicle registration numbers required the production of a 6-digit license plates. Unlike 1917, however, when the first 5-digit plate had been required (and it had been decided to squeeze a fifth digit on the existing base), in 1930 the decision was made to create a second, longer plate capable of displaying the sixth digit.
As will be seen on the following page, this practice would be repeated throughout the years 1930 to 1935, with the six-digit plates being manufactured as over-run between 1933 and 1935 as the Depression began to adversely impact on the number of vehicles being registered in the province.
 

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