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

Dave Stewart dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on December 25, 2015

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,'' 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.