Want a personalized license plate, but not sure if your application will make it past the censors?
Plates will be denied for several reasons; inappropriate language, something illegal, political/religious references. There are nine categories of words/slogans that may be rejected, and each year, Alberta’s motor vehicle department denies between 100-150 of about 7,000 requested plates (examples below).
A Nova Scotia man had his personalized plate taken away after 27 years, because of one complaint, that his family name ‘Grabher’ is offensive to women. The name/word seems to be okay in Alberta, where his son currently drives with the same family plate, and Lorne Grabher has not given up – he’s taking his case to Nova Scotia Supreme Court, arguing that the removal violates his Charter rights.
While we await the results of Grabher’s case, here are just some of the actual names that have been denied in Alberta, in the last six years:
A Toronto man received much support from the public after the Ontario government targeted his personalized plate, after a complaint. Read the story here.