British Columbia Industrial Vehicle (Section 7) License Plates

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia may, in respect of any motor vehicle known or described as a tractor, grader, loader, shovel, roller, mixer, crane or other self propelled construction machinery used in performing work in or on a mine or industrial undertaking, cause a licence to be issued permitting the operation of the motor vehicle for the purpose of proceeding to or returning from the work without load, and the form of the licence must be varied accordingly.
Industrial Vehicle license plates are generally associated with heavy machinery, such as the types quoted in the Motor Vehicle Act above. First appearing on B.C. roads in 1957, these plates are easily identifiable by their "X" prefix.

1957 - 1963
Don Schneider Collection
1960
Issuing Statistics
1957:
unknown
1958:
unknown
1959:
unknown
1960:
unknown
1961:
unknown
1962:
unknown
1963:
unknown
Dave Hollins Collection
Dave Hollins Collection
Don Schneider Collection
The "XH" Prefix
1958 - XH604: This plate sold for approximately $330 USD on eBay in April of 2011.
When Section 7 was enacted, it allowed for the issuance of "X" and "XH" prefix plates to be used on certain types of vehicle engaged in road construction or in operations connected with mines and industrial undertakings.
While there is still more work to be done investigating the "XH" prefix, it is thought that the Act was amended in 1959 to discontinue the use of these plates as it was thought that vehicles obtaining an "XH" plate - for a flat fee of $10 - were doing so to evade certain road taxes and were unfarily competing against other licensed vehicles. This is why the "XH" plates are only known for the late 1950s, and are generally thought to have been issued to dump trucks.

1964 - 1971: "Beautiful" Slogan
Issuing Statistics
1964:
X1 to X2-000
1965:
X1 to X2-500
1966:
X1 to X3-000
1967:
X1 to X3-000
1968:
X1 to X3-100
1969:
X1 to X3-100
1970:
X1 to X4-000
1971:
X1 to X4-500
       

1972 - 1973

 

Issuing Statistics
1972:
X35-001 to X40-000
1973:
X35-001 to X41-700

1974 - 1978: (1974 base)
Issuing Statistics
1974:
X35-001 to X45-000
   

1975 - 1978: (1975 base)
Issuing Statistics
1975:
X45-001 to X50-000

1976 - 1978: (1976 base)
1977

1978

Issuing Statistics
1976:
X00-001 to X10-000

1979 - 1986
Issuing Statistics
1979:
X50-000 to X69-999
1983:
X70-000 to X73-999
Die Type Variation
As can be seen in the examples shown above, when the original 20,000 bloc of Industrial Vehicle plates produced in 1979 was issued, an additional 4,000 bloc of plates in the X70-000 to X73,999 range were produced in 1983.
Interestingly, by looking at the dies on each of these two plates it becomes possible to discern that the first bloc of plates were made by Acme Signalisation of Quebec (who had won the contract to manufacture the province's license plates after Oakalla closed in 1975), while the second, smaller bloc of plates display what are known as the "Nova Scotia dies" - but were actually made in Alberta by High Signs.

1985 - 2013: Flag Graphic
Issuing Statistics
1985:
X0-0000 to X1-4999
1987:
X1-5000 to X1-5999
1989:
X1-6000 to X1-7999
1990:
X1-8000 to X2-0999
1991:
X2-1000 to X2-2799
1992:
X2-2800 to X2-5149
1993:
X2-5150 to X2-7449
1994:
X2-7450 to X2-9449
1993
1994
1995
1996
1998
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2012
2013
     

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