Cavr Agreement

On April 1, 1981, British Columbia, along with Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick, implemented the Canadian Vehicle Registration Convention (Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland followed on April 1, 1982). At the time, the CAVR was a vehicle registration contract designed to reduce and more equitable the royalty taxation imposed by the provinces participating in the heavy-duty industry and to increase the efficiency of equipment use. One of the unique facets of the B.C.-registered vehicle agreement was the introduction of a “PRP” sticker (like the one below) that was to be used on the existing prorate plate (“P”) to designate the vehicle`s participation in the CAVR in other provinces. It was found elsewhere that, until recently, BC regularly presented exceptions to all parts of the agreement to a point where it did not appear to be useful to be a signatory to the CAVR. The objective of the CAVR was to allow a smoother flow of goods across provincial borders by allowing inter-provincial truck operators to acquire a licence in their home provinces to travel through other provinces without the need for special authorization. To meet this requirement, the province modified the design of the Prorate plate by adding a decal box for the placement of the new “PRP” sticker. Despite the stickers on the “Backing Plates” (or “Bingo Plates” or “Waffle Plates”) listed below, the green and white image shown on the left would have been affixed to a vehicle operating under the Prorate Agreement (UPA) uniform, while the blue and white vehicle shown on the right would have been displayed on a vehicle under the CAVR.

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