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MPI phasing out plate validation stickers for Manitoba drivers

Manitoba Public Insurance announced that plate validation stickers will be eliminated in the Spring for greater convenience.

Automated plate readers police use to check vehicle registration made the stickers obsolete.

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Automated plate readers police use to check vehicle registration made the stickers obsolete.

Modern policing technologies have eliminated the need for Manitobans to apply validation stickers to their license plates.

Manitoba Public Insurance announced Friday that the stickers would be phased out completely by March 2021, after Autopac agents stop issuing them March 1, 2016.

The minister responsible for MPI, Gord Mackintosh, said it's not only more convenient but also reflects the fact that "police agencies are continually upgrading and enhancing their ability to deal with crime."

Police vehicles are equipped with on-board computers which allow officers to check a vehicle's registration status in real time, eliminating the need for visible stickers.

Further to that tech, police now use automated license plate readers that alert officers immediately if registration and insurance has lapsed.

"With (that technology), police officers are better equipped to immediately address offenders driving unregistered vehicles," said Insp. Joanne Keeping of the RCMP.

Customers who renew Autopac policies will be issued blank stickers to cover up existing stickers, and anyone getting a new plate will not be required to apply the month and year stickers.