British Columbia Prorated / CAVR License Plates

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Canadian Agreement on Vehicle Registration (CAVR)

On April 1, 1981, British Columbia along with Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick implemented the Canadian Agreement on Vehicle Registration (Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland followed on April 1, 1982). The CAVR - at this time - was a vehicle registration agreement that is designed to reduce and make more equitable, licence fee taxation imposed on the trucking industry by the participating provinces, and to increase the efficiency in the use of equipment.

A unique facet of the agreement for vehicles registered in British Columbia was the introduction of a "PRP" Decal (such as the one's below) that was to be used on the existing Prorate ("P") license plate in order to denote that vehicle's participation in the CAVR in other provinces.

1982 Decal

1983 Decal

1984 Decal

1986 Decal

1988 Decal

1988 Sample Decal

To accomodate this requirement, the province changed the design of the Prorate plate to include a decal box for the placement of the new "PRP" decal.

Despite the decals shown on the "Backing Plates" below (or "Bingo Plates" or "Waffle Plates"), the green-and-white one shown at left would have been affixed to a vehicle operating under the Uniform Prorate Agreement (UPA), while the blue-and-white one shown at right would have been displayed on a vehicle operating under the CAVR.

1982 - 1984: (CAVR)
Issuing Statistics
P24-500 to P28-999
P29-000 to P33-499
P33-500 to P37-999

1985 - 1988: (CAVR)
Issuing Statistics
P38-000 to P42-999
P43-000 to P50-999
P51-000 to P58-999
P59-000 to P66-999

CAVR Plates & Decals

CAVR Decals: 1982 - 1986

CAVR Decals: 1987 - 1995

The objective of the CAVR was to allow for the smoother flow of goods across provincial boundaries by enabling inter-provincial trucking operators to purchase a licence in their home province that would enable them to travel through other provinces without the need to obtain spearate licences.

It has been stated elsewhere that, until recently, BC routinely filed exceptions to every part of the Agreement to a point where there appeared to be no point in being a signatory to the CAVR.

Apparently the only thing that kept the province involved in the CAVR was that "if BC wasn’t a signatory it would look bad… so we filed exceptions to pretty much the whole agreement."
Although the CAVR is still in effect, it is seen by us here at to have largely been superceded by the International Registration Plan (IRP) in the mid-1990s. Accordingly, it is thought that the province stopped issuing CAVR decals after 1996 - for more see the page on Prorate / Apportioned plates.

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