SGI to offer veteran plates for motorcycles and snowmobiles
Sept. 26, 2012
To further honour the service and sacrifices made by Saskatchewan's veterans, SGI is expanding its specialty plate options to offer veteran plates for motorcycles and snowmobiles.
Each of the licence plates will be a smaller version of the regular-sized licence plates, and will portray the same design. The characters will include a “V” followed by three numbers. The plates can also be personalized, as long as the slogan is four characters or fewer.
“These licence plates are another way to honour and pay tribute to Saskatchewan’s own heroes, who have chosen to serve our country and protect the rights and freedoms that we all enjoy,” Minister Responsible for SGI Donna Harpauer said. “This program was originally developed for those who served in the Second World War and Korean War or those who were involved in various peacekeeping missions, and as more of our men and women choose to make this sacrifice, this is another way we can pay tribute to these individuals. I am pleased that SGI and the Royal Canadian Legion have partnered to make this initiative happen.”
As determined by the Saskatchewan Command of the Royal Canadian Legion, veteran plates are available to any person who has honourably served, or is still serving, as a member of the Canadian Forces for a minimum of three years, or has served a tour of duty as a member of the Canadian Forces, Reserve Forces, the Merchant Navy, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, another Canadian police force or an allied force.
“We appreciate the partnership we've had with SGI over the past few years through the veteran licence plate program,” Royal Canadian Legion, Saskatchewan Command Provincial President Brent Wignes said. “We are pleased that the Government of Saskatchewan has recognized this opportunity to further pay tribute to our Saskatchewan veterans who have served not only our province, but all of Canada.”
Minister Harpauer presented the first small format veteran plate to the Legion for display in their office along side the first large size veteran plate. A second plate was presented to Sgt. Patrick Barbar, who recently contacted Premier Wall via Twitter to inquire about offering veteran plates for motorcycles.
“Introducing veteran plates for motorcycles has allowed for the inclusion of a whole group of veterans who are as proud of their rides as they are of their service to Canada,” Sgt. Barbar said. “I ride my motorcycle abroad frequently and it gives me great pride to display a licence plate that not only lets everyone know where I’m from, but allows me to display the pride I feel in having served my country, province and community.”
The cost of veteran licence plates is $5, payable to the Legion, to cover the application cost. Personalized plates cost an additional $75 plus GST. Veterans can apply for the small format plates starting October 1.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province's self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of over 400 motor licence issuers across the province. Customers can now do some transactions online. Look for the MySGI link under Online Services on your motor licence issuer's website or SGI's website.