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Old 07-15-2009, 09:40 AM   #1
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Red Plates

Was just wondering whats the difference between regular plates and those red ones with white lettering.


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Old 07-15-2009, 10:10 AM   #2
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The red ones are Diplomatic plates.

http://www.bcpl8s.ca/ is a great source of information on BC plates.
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Old 07-15-2009, 01:05 PM   #3
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do people w/ red plates not get pulled over?

I know a friend got hit and run by a red plate that he wasnt fast enough to write down... never found him
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Old 07-15-2009, 04:00 PM   #4
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they have complete immunity. i can imagine they can get pulled over and warned for speeding, running reds, etc, but they cant get ticketed or arrested.

they're our countries guests, after all. it would cause a major stir if a really high-profile leader of another country was arrested or heavily fined for some kind of driving mistake
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above the law hmm.....



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Old 07-15-2009, 04:44 PM   #6
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The plates do not have immunity, only if the driver is a foriegn dignitary or foriegn consulate employee.... Some of my guys have pulled them over for varrious reasons.... one casue they did not believe the plate was real, he was not a traffic guy but a regular patro officer. (ICBC changed them but did not do a very good job of advising those that enforce, oops)
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I thought someone like mayor or some sort a few years ago before from Canada was ticketed for speeding in Hawaii or something???
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The plates do not have immunity, only if the driver is a foriegn dignitary or foriegn consulate employee.... Some of my guys have pulled them over for varrious reasons.... one casue they did not believe the plate was real, he was not a traffic guy but a regular patro officer. (ICBC changed them but did not do a very good job of advising those that enforce, oops)
but would a police officer be less likely to pull over a car with a red plate, because the passenger in the vehicle could potentially be an important individual in another country.

i also understand that there are different letters in front of the plates that states your position/rank, cause i've seen pos tercels and other older cars around with the red plates, I highly doubt an Ambassador or someone of that stature would ride in one of those.
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I thought someone like mayor or some sort a few years ago before from Canada was ticketed for speeding in Hawaii or something???
Gordon Campbell, the Premier of BC got a DUI down there.. he's not a diplomat though he was just on holiday if i remember correctly
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http://www.bcpl8s.ca/ is a great source of information on BC plates.
That's a neat site there Skidmark, thanks! Especially the Expo 86 plates...


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Gordon Campbell, the Premier of BC got a DUI down there.. he's not a diplomat though he was just on holiday if i remember correctly
Yup... the convicted criminal running our province. We laughed at the stupid Americans who voted Bush in for a second term... yet we voted him in for a third? Wow.. we suck.
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The plates do not have immunity, only if the driver is a foriegn dignitary or foriegn consulate employee.... Some of my guys have pulled them over for varrious reasons.... one casue they did not believe the plate was real, he was not a traffic guy but a regular patro officer. (ICBC changed them but did not do a very good job of advising those that enforce, oops)
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but would a police officer be less likely to pull over a car with a red plate, because the passenger in the vehicle could potentially be an important individual in another country.
There would be plenty of legitimate reasons the car might still be pulled over. As PACER says, the plates have no inherent immunity. If the driver commits a moving violation, he may not have diplomatic status, and would still be ticketable. Or if you watch too many movies it's possible the diplomat inside is being held hostage and would very much appreciate being pulled over!

(Just remembering that scene from Lethal Weapon 2: "Diplomatic Immunity!" *bang!* "...has just been REVOKED.")
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There would be plenty of legitimate reasons the car might still be pulled over. As PACER says, the plates have no inherent immunity. If the driver commits a moving violation, he may not have diplomatic status, and would still be ticketable. Or if you watch too many movies it's possible the diplomat inside is being held hostage and would very much appreciate being pulled over!

(Just remembering that scene from Lethal Weapon 2: "Diplomatic Immunity!" *bang!* "...has just been REVOKED.")
Too much movie for you!

Anyways, couple months ago, Richmond Pro badminton had a sort of international competition held there. There were at least 4 cars with red plates outside in the parking lot. Now i know what they are
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if the cars never got pulled over, would that not be a primo car for a thief to steal?
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if the cars never got pulled over, would that not be a primo car for a thief to steal?
ya sure..because who wouldn't report their car being stolen to police...especially a diplomat......
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well it takes time for them to notice. it gets jacked at night, doesn't get reported til the next day... the car would be long gone
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if the cars never got pulled over, would that not be a primo car for a thief to steal?
probably gps tracked...
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my friends dad is a diplomat, he has red plates, i dont think they would get charged for moving violations because they could be an emergency at the consulate, before they changed to red plates, they plates would say CONSUL-DXX or sumtin like that, but usually they are just normal cars with red license plates
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