Stephen: New Ontario plates barely visible at night

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Ontario has unveiled newly designed license plates, but there’s just one problem: You can’t read them at night. “Did anyone consult with police before designing and manufacturing the new Ontario license plates? They’re virtually unreadable at night,” Kingston police officer Steve Koopman tweeted this past Saturday along with a pic of a Honda with the new plate. Koopman added that he shot the photo “in a relatively well-lit parking lot with my headlights on,” but the plate’s letters and numbers are still indecipherable.

A government spokesperson has since told media, “We have been made aware that some Ontarians are reporting concerns with readability to the naked eye under certain light conditions. We take this feedback seriously, value the input of Ontario drivers and law enforcement stakeholders and are currently looking into this.” But on Tuesday, Ontario’s minister of government and consumer services defended the plates. “These plates are working. People like them,” Lisa Thompson claimed. “Sticking with the status quo Liberal plate that was peeling and flaking was not an option.” Ontario’s Conservative-led government has also been criticized for making the new plates in shades of blue that resemble the party’s own colors.

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