Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Port Elgin, Ontario
Much like a lot of other things with law enforcement, it's fairly subjective.
Depends on what kind of day the guy with the badge is having, and whether or not you catch his attention.
Tail lights are one thing, the Highway Traffic Act says they can't have covers over them, but there is also the clause that they have to be visible from a certain distance.
That leaves a bit of latitude on tail light tint... I could see them looking past the tint/covers if they can see them well enough when they're lit up.
Plus, as Gerry said, some vehicles come equipped with smoked tail lights, and if it's not good from the factory, there's a bigger picture problem.
Licence plates are a different matter IMO.....law enforcement uses that info as a starting point when they're going to pull you over for whatever reason.
I think that based on the info that comes back, they can tell a lot about the potential threat they might be exposed to when they make the stop, so whether or not they think you're hiding your plate because you don't want them to be able to read it because you don't want to get caught for that outstanding warrant , or you're doing it to be stylin' for looks is open for debate.
Obscuring your plate is indeed illegal, and it also gives them a free pass to pull you over and harass you when the mood strikes them. (Not that they can't do that anyway)
I removed the smoked cover I had on the back, but maintain a slightly smoked one on the front to absorb bug/stone damage.
I'd say as long as you keep it subtle, you'll be good.
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