P.E.I. government rejects Star Wars for personalized licence plates

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FILE - This 1980 publicity image originally released by Lucasfilm Ltd., Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and the character Yoda appear in this scene from "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back." (AP Photo/Lucasfilm Ltd)

It appears the Force isn't strong with the provincial government.

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal's highway safety division said Wednesday it has rejected three requests from Islanders who applied for a personalized licence plate.

Two of the requests were from Islanders who wanted their plate to read "Star Wars''.

The plates were rejected for the reference to war and because it is advertising a movie.

Highway safety lists a number of criteria for personalized plates. The list prohibits, for example, any message that is considered violent.

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It leaves some fans of the movies shaking their heads.

"I, myself, don't have an issue with it,'' said Dylan Roberts of Charlottetown. "As long as it isn't offensive, why not? Now people will have to get creative with the spelling to try and slip one by.''

Jason White of Charlottetown jokes government is clearly siding with the dark side.

Well, I think they have better things to do with their time. Jason White

"Well, I think they have better things to do with their time,'' White said. "I see much more offensive plates on the road now.''

As for other monikers, a request for the message ADAM8ER was also rejected.

And earlier this year, Kenny King of Charlottetown was left scratching his head when the department wouldn't let him put 1MOTHER on his licence plate.

He said the moniker was a nod to his mother, as in number one mother, who gave him the money years ago to buy a truck.

However, the folks in charge of driver licence renewals did not interpret the plate name in the same fuzzy, warm fashion.

A spokesman for the department said "it was rather rude for a government plate'' and that some considered it to be a derogatory term.

dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca

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Organizations: Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • Parker Goodwyn
    December 25, 2015 - 15:19

    When we take our government to task over incidental and frivolous matters, we not only waste the taxpayer's dollars..we denigrate ourselves in front of others. A grown man really has no business being upset with commercial ephemera. It is your right to do so, but this in itself provides no justification

  • Darthmom
    December 25, 2015 - 11:47

    I actually saw one of the conservation plates that said 2hy. I couldn't believe they let that one slip by. Hope the person who has it appreciates it.

    • Big D
      December 26, 2015 - 11:14

      A few weird plates I've seen are THC (active drug in marijuana) and another was 4SS (ass). It seems to depend on the DMV workers' beliefs and mood that day.

  • Regular Joe
    Regular Joe
    December 25, 2015 - 10:05

    What a joke talking morals and questionable topics by a government that has some pretty questionable secrets of their own .It's OK for the Government to squander and to Bilk millions from the taxpayers . Maybe they should question their own Morals first before judging others .