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Ontario Buyers: Green Plates vs Normal Plates

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Nathanael, May 14, 2018.

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Green Plate vs Normal Plate

  1. Green Plates

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  2. Normal Plate

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  1. Nathanael

    Nathanael Member

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    Hey Everyone.

    As a first time EV buyer, it seems obvious to go with the green plates, but from what I can tell, the benefits are not that significant;

    - Access to HOV lanes
    - No-cost access to High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes (I dont even know where these exist, and im assuming the 407 is NOT included)
    - You let everyone know that you have an environmentally friendly car

    (via: Green licence plates)

    Am I missing anything? Also, can you customize your green plate? (i.e 2FAST4U) My girlfriend really wants to create our own plate, but I want the benefits listed above.

    P.S I am not going with 2FAST4U
     
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  2. darkenergy

    darkenergy Member

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    You got it. I don't believe you can get a customized plate because the green plates all start with GV.

    You'd likely get some plate close to GVBC 999
     
  3. Nathanael

    Nathanael Member

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    Hm, so when I get a 2FAST4U plate on my Model 3, and get caught in the HOV lane by myself - I get a ticket? Kind of lame.
     
  4. sakimano

    sakimano Active Member

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    Personal plates are mandatory on a tesla. Usually something referencing 'no gas' or something to do with oil. Or some king of electricity joke like WIRED etc.

    At least it seems like that when I see teslas on the road.

    I have a GV plate.
     
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  5. realtycoon

    realtycoon Member

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    HOV Lane access is a big deal if you use the 404/QEW/403 often. Also, it's not like there is a price premium to get a Green Plate versus a regular one.
    Also, I've yet to see a Green Plate suffer from the peeling problems that has plagued the blue plates.
     
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  6. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Well-Known Member

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    Green licence plates

    My bolding and sizing.
     
  7. rdturner0

    rdturner0 Member

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    There are also VE (?vehicle electrique?) in Ontario, which seem to be the French version of the GV plate. Same plate, different prefix.
     
  8. Blazing Whisper

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    It all depends on how often you will use the HOV lanes. I would love to get a personalized plate when I get my Model 3 but the access to the HOV lanes alone would be huge for me so that's a no-go.
     
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  9. ksumnole

    ksumnole Member

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    I don't live near any HOV lanes so I have already ordered personalized plates, but I am now re-thinking it and may opt for the green plates.

    I got "BYE GAS"

    If anyone here is interested in buying them from me, let me know....never used!

     
  10. Struja

    Struja "Fanboy"

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    You *may* satisfy both you your needs with a personalized plate frame.

    You can keep your Green Plate and personalize any message your heart desires: RPM Tesla
     
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  11. sakimano

    sakimano Active Member

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    Not to mention...theres talk of turning the whole provincial 400 system into a HOT lane toll network. If GV are excused from that it would be great.
     
  12. Struja

    Struja "Fanboy"

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    Right on!!! What is up with the peeling??? My wife has 2 year old plates and they are about half peeled.
     
  13. realtycoon

    realtycoon Member

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    Apparently they will trade them in for free but it's very hard to actually do that once you are at the Service Ontario. They insist on payment, government at it's finest

    I just put up with mine, under a plate cover and taped on.
     
  14. Aussie Bob

    Aussie Bob Member

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    The HOV lanes make GV plates worthwhile, especially when visiting Toronto.
     
  15. papapodcasts

    papapodcasts Member

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    My personalized plate will say "14KOFF"
     
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  16. sitter_k

    sitter_k Active Member

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    It was actually pretty painless for me. They checked to see if I was covered by the recall, maybe yours weren't yet suffered the same defect.
     
  17. ZooSean

    ZooSean ZOO

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    I drove frequently at 404, so green for sure
     
  18. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    I have never had that problem, but have seen tons on the road. I was told for a certain time, the metal used a kind of galvanizing that the paint just wouldn't stick to properly. I have 25 year old plates (pre-galvanized) on one of my cars (transferred several times) and they are in fairly good shape, but are rusting around the bolt holes. I have had newer (post-galvanized) plates on newer cars with no problems.
     
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  19. T3slaCanuck

    T3slaCanuck Member

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    you also get the benefit of not being a douche....so there's always that. :D
     
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  20. McCaesar

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    Seems like most of the Bxxx series of plates have some peeling. There's a free replacement program and 5 year warranty on the plates.

    https://www.ontario.ca/page/replace-lost-stolen-or-damaged-licence-plate-or-personalized-licence-plate#section-4

    Prison labour isn't what it used to be.
     
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