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Motorcycle plates for vets coming

Province releasing them in new year

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The province will offer a specially designed motorcycle licence plate for veterans beginning next year.

Premier Greg Selinger announced the new plate at a brief ceremony Friday at the legislature. He was accompanied by Rick Bennett, president of the Manitoba-Northwestern Ontario Command of the Royal Canadian Legion.

The new plate will display the symbolic red poppy, which has become the lasting memorial symbol to fallen soldiers.

"It's just another sign of our respect for the contributions veterans make to protecting the way of life that we have that sometimes we take for granted," Selinger said.

The province issued veterans' plates for automobiles in 2004.

Provincial officials said they couldn't estimate how many veterans will acquire the new motorcycle plate. But they said they had received several requests from vets for them.

As with the current veteran passenger vehicle speciality plate, applicants can either submit their applications to the Royal Canadian Legion for approval or apply to Manitoba Public Insurance, vehicle registration -- licensing services.

Applicants must provide a completed veteran licence plate application form with documentation proving the applicant meets the qualifications for a veteran licence plate. Applicants must also include a $5 application fee made payable to Manitoba Public Insurance.

Those eligible for a veterans motorcycle licence plate are:

-- People who served in the First World War, Second World War or the Korean War as a member of the Canadian Forces or an allied force, or in the merchant navy or ferry command.

-- People who served at least three years in the Canadian Forces, NATO operations or a UN peacekeeping force as a member of the Canadian Forces, the RCMP, another Canadian police force or an allied force.

-- People who are an active member of the Canadian Forces and who have honourably served in the Forces for at least three years.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 10, 2012 A18

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