Special licence plates now available to veterans

Lost in the rhetoric of campaign promises prior to last fall’s provincial election was a pledge from Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty to enable Ontario’s war veterans to purchase special vehicle licence plates recognizing their contributions.
It now seems at least one commitment has been met.
Beginning last month, eligible veterans have been able to acquire these licence plates through the Motor Vehicle Licence Bureau and the Royal Canadian Legion.
Gordon Woollard of Emo appears to be the first in the district to take advantage of the program and now sports his veteran’s plate on his minivan.
The procedure is quite straightforward, he said.
“You go to the licence bureau and ask for the application form,” Woollard explained. “Then you present the form, along with a cheque for $5 and a certified copy of your discharge papers to the Ontario Command of the Legion.”
The Legion then will approve the form and by presenting your old plates to the licence bureau, you can pick up your veteran’s ones free of charge.
Woollard said he does not know exactly what the criteria are for qualifying as a veteran, but noted your local Legion branch can help.
For more information, contact your Legion branch or local licence bureau office.