NEW BRUNSWICK – The provincial government has introduced amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act to eliminate the requirement of front licence plates on passenger and light commercial vehicles registered in New Brunswick.
“We have heard from many New Brunswickers who prefer to have only one licence plate,” said Public Safety Minister Carl Urquhart. “The government committed to eliminating front licence plates. We are following through on that.”
The government will soon announce a date when these amendments would come into effect. Motorists are reminded to continue to display two plates until the legislation is updated.
This change would align New Brunswick’s policy with the other Atlantic provinces and most of Canada.
There would not be a reduction in the cost of plates for consumers. Fees from registration plates are used to cover the cost of the province’s motor vehicle program and computer system, the delivery of motor vehicle services by Service New Brunswick, and highway infrastructure and maintenance.
Once these changes take effect, motorists would have the option of continuing to display their front plate or dropping it off at their nearest Service New Brunswick location.
Vehicle owners would also have the option of displaying a novelty plate where the front plate was located.
Owners of vehicles with seasonal plates who were permitted to display a single rear plate will no longer be required to pay an annual fee as this program will be phased out.