British Columbia Transporter License Plates

"Transporter" means a person regularly engaged in the business of transporting vehicles.
A Transporter's licence consists of a distinctive number plate corresponding to the licence which authorizes an individual to operate or tow any vehicle on the highway other than a vehicle owned by said transporter. A transporter number plate must be conspicuously displayed on every vehicle that is
(a) being delivered in the course of business of a transporter, and
(b) in direct contact with the highway.
It is thought that the first Transporter plates first started to appear in 1957, but there are few records of their existence until the 1960s. The plates are easily identifiable by the slogan Transporter that appear across the bottom of all plates until 1979 when it began to appear across the top. Since 1985, the plates have been issued in the familiar Flag Graphic style with a "TR" prefix, generally seen in the TR-0000 to TR-9999 format.

1960 - 1978
1960
1961
1962
Issuing Statistics
1964:
1 to 200
1965:
1 to 250
1966:
1 to 250
1967:
1 to 250
1968:
1 to 250
1969:
1 to 250
1970:
1 to 300
1971:
1 to 350
1972:
1 to 350
1973:
1 to 250
1974:
unknown
1975:
501 to 1600
1976:
1601 to 2700
1977:
unknown
1978:
unknown
1964
1966
Dave Hollins Collection
Dave Hollins Collection
Dave Hollins Collection

1979 - 1986
1979
1980
Issuing Statistics
1979:
unknown
1986

1986 - 2009
Issuing Statistics
1985:
TR-0000 to TR-5999
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
2000
2001
2002
2003
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2012
2013


Sources
Dan Howlett, "Decoding British Columbia License Plates", http://www.kasumirecords.com/bcplates/index.htm (October 28, 2001).
Revised Statutes of British Columbia (1996) Motor Vehicle Act

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