The P.E.I. government plans to replace all the vehicle licence plates in the province with a single new design starting this fall.

In a news release Friday morning, Transportation Minister Robert Vessey said the government has been hearing from police they are starting to have trouble reading older plates.

pe-hi-licence-plate-4col

The wind turbine design is the most recent of five licence plate designs currently in use on P.E.I. (Kevin Yarr/CBC)

"Many of the licence plates on Island roads are no longer reflective and are difficult to see or can’t be seen at all, particularly at night," said Vessey.

A new plate picturing Province House to showcase P.E.I. as the birthplace of Confederation will be issued this fall.

There are currently five different licence plates in use on P.E.I. vehicles.

  • Green and white with coat of arms (1991)
  • Anne of Green Gables (1994)
  • Province House (1999)
  • Confederation Bridge (1999)
  • Windmill plates (2008)

Charlottetown Police Chief Paul Smith said a single licence plate would reduce confusion and make identifying vehicles easier.

Vehicle owners will have a year to replace their existing plates at a cost of $5. Anyone who has purchased a licence plate within one year of the newly designed plate being issued will receive the new plate at no cost.