Fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tion, no changes to vet­er­ans’ li­cence plate el­i­gi­bil­ity

Asian Journal - - FRONT PAGE -

Vic­to­ria: Fol­low­ing a six-week pub­lic en­gage­ment process with feed­back from nearly 4,400 cit­i­zens, govern­ment will not ex­pand the el­i­gi­bil­ity for B.C.’S Vet­er­ans’ Li­cence Plate (VLP) pro­gram to in­clude po­lice of­fi­cers.

Since 2004, B.C.’S mil­i­tary vet­er­ans have been el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for a spe­cial VLP in hon­our and recog­ni­tion of their ser­vice. Ear­lier this year, the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Do­min­ion Com­mand, the Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice (RCMP) Vet­er­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion and oth­ers had re­quested that govern­ment and the In­sur­ance Cor­po­ra­tion of Bri­tish Columbia (ICBC) con­sider al­low­ing po­lice of­fi­cers - specif­i­cally RCMP - to be el­i­gi­ble as well.

Pub­lic feed­back to the on­line sur­vey showed a strong ma­jor­ity of re­spon­dents (63%) favoured keep­ing el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria the same, while only 36% were sup­port­ive of ex­pand­ing it to in­clude po­lice of­fi­cers. More than half of all re­spon­dents also took the time to leave a writ­ten com­ment about their per­spec­tive on the is­sue. Of those com­ments, 87% were ei­ther not sup­port­ive or in op­po­si­tion to any ex­pan­sion of the cur­rent cri­te­ria.

Feed­back was re­ceived from all re­gions of the province. Peo­ple with ei­ther only an armed forces back­ground or only a po­lice back­ground were equally rep­re­sented.

Across Canada, there is no uni­form def­i­ni­tion of “vet­eran” for the pur­poses of is­su­ing spe­cialty li­cence plates, nor is there one agreed to by all the stake­holder groups who rep­re­sent peo­ple with mil­i­tary ser­vice.

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