British Columbia Commercial Truck License Plates

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The Truck series is dead, long live the Truck series!
On February 20, 2008, this writer saw the first of the new AA-0000 series Truck bases (Olympic bases not included).
As expected ICBC has simply reversed the series (a la the passenger series in 2001) and appears to have started it in the AL-0000 range - which indicates that "AA-0000" through to "AK-9999" has likely been reserved for the Olympic base. As with the Olympic & Consular bases, ICBC has also implemented the separated, or dual decal box for the day and month/year decals.

This move breaks the alphabetic trend started way back in 1976 with each iteration of the Truck base starting off where the previous series ended. For instance, the '76 base ceased at "D" (or possibly the "E" range), and the '79 base starting at "F", before ending at "L", whereupon the '85 base started at "M" and finished at "L". Accordingly, the new serial should have commenced at "M" again, however, it looks like ICBC wanted to start with a clean slate. Interestingly, the flag base and "Beautiful" slogan have been retained in favour of the "Best Place on Earth" slogan and logo... hmm... this deserves a query to the good folks at ICBC.

2008 - 2025
Ron Garay Collection
Ron Garay Collection
'D' Block
Issuing Statistics
2008:
AA-0000 to AY-9999
2008:
BA-0000 to BY-9999
2009:
CA-0000 to CY-9999
2010:
DA-0000 to DY-9999
2011:
EA-0000 to EY-9999
2013:
FA-0000 to FY-9999
????:
GA-0000 to GY-9999
2013:
HA-0000 to HY-9999
2014:
JA-0000 to JY-9999
2015:
KA-0000 to KY-9999
2016:
LA-0000 to LY-9999
2017:
MB-0000 to MY-9999
2018:
NA-0000 to NY-9999
2019:
PA-0000 to PY-9999
2020:
RA-0000 to RY-9999
2021:
SA-0000 to SY-9999
 
TA-0000 to TY-9999
 
VA-0000 to VY-9999
 
WA-0000 to WY-9999
 
XA-0000 to XY-9999
 
YA-0000 to YY-9999
'G' Block
Tom Lindner Collection
Ron Garay Collection
Ron Garay Collection
Ron Garay Collection
'P' Block
'S' Block
'T' Block
'V' Block
'W' Block
'X' Block
'Y' Block
     

Decal Box Variations
It appears that, despite the initial "AL" plates in this series being provided with the separted decal boxes for the day and month/year decals as found on the Olympic and Consular bases, a switch-back of sorts has occurred, whereby it appears that plates in the "AM", "AN", "AP", and "AR" range all employ the single decal box as found on the Truck base before the 0000-AA series ended.
Dual Decal Box Variation
One of our intrepid field spotters has been able to pinpoint this change-over as occurring somewhere within the bloc of plates found beetwen "AL-7324" (separated boxes) and "AL-8433" (single box).
It is likely that only the manufacturer, Waldale, knows the precise reason behind this change, however, we here at BCpl8s.ca suspect that it is simply a matter of using up old stock prepared for either the Agriculture and Industrial Vehicle bases prior to a braoder implementation of the dual decal boxes onto all plate types. Nevertheless, a call has been placed to the good folks at ICBC to see if they can shed some light on this matter. Stay tuned ...

Olympic Base & Allocation:
In 2007, the Commercial Truck plate type was one of the lucky six plate types - along with passenger, farm truck, motorcycle, trailer and utility trailer - to be made available on the optional 2010 Olympic Winter Games base.

Olympic Commercial Truck license plate
Of particular interest was that, at the time of the Olmypic release, the Commercial Truck series was still utilising the "0000-XX" serial format.  It is suspected that "AA-0000" through to "AK-9999" (which represents approximately 100,000 sets) has been reserved for the Olympic base, however, it is unlikely that all of these will be required and the leftover allotment will be reissued under the "Flag" graphic sometime after December 31, 2010.

AF

Defective Sheeting
A common problem with license plates throughout North America in recent years has been the breakdown in the sheeting. This is characterised by a distinct greying, including lines and eventually a bubbling of the sheeting and its falling off of the plate. The examples shown below are the greying of the sheeting:
Ron Garay Collection Ron Garay Collection Ron Garay Collection

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