POLITICS

Saskatchewan vets with choppers, snowmobiles getting specialized licence plates

09/26/2012 02:25 EDT | Updated 11/26/2012 05:12 EST
SASKATOON - Veterans in Saskatchewan will soon be able to roar around with specialty licence plates.

SGI says starting Oct. 1, people who served in the military can get veterans' plates for motorcycles and snowmobiles, not just cars.

The change came after Sgt. Patrick Barbar contacted Premier Brad Wall via Twitter in August to ask about offering veteran plates for motorcycles.

Wall tweeted back that it would be done.

The plates will be a smaller version of the regular-sized plates, which will include the letter "V" followed by three numbers.

The program was originally developed for those who served in the Second World War and Korean War or those who were involved in various peacekeeping missions.

"I ride my motorcycle abroad frequently and it gives me great pride to display a licence plate that not only lets everyone know where I'm from, but allows me to display the pride I feel in having served my country, province and community," Barbar said in a news release.

The cost of veteran licence plates is $5, payable to the Royal Canadian Legion, to cover the application cost. Personalized plates cost an additional $75 plus GST.