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Whack 'em on the backside

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Re: Clean up your (licence) plates (Jan. 22). Dirty licences are everywhere; you can't miss them. Drivers have to be reminded like children and warned to clean their plates?

Exactly how are we not responsible for our vehicles? A cash grab? I think not. Go to it, police. It's your job.

WINONA REMPEL

Winnipeg

 

What a perfect juxtaposition in your Jan. 22 edition: the page A2 story Clean up your (licence) plate with the back-of-the-bus photo on page B1.

I'm no engineer, but it seems to me that unless all vehicles come equipped with air deflectors or spoilers, the "reverse swirl" action of airflow over the vehicle will cause not only snow but slush and grime to collect on the broad backsides of most of today's vehicles.

Transit buses and any vehicle with flat-back surfaces are especially susceptible. I regularly check and clean my licence plates, headlights and tail lights, but in weather conditions like those of this past Saturday, I'd have had to stop every block to clean the back of our car. That's simply unrealistic.

Hopefully, enforcement will engage common sense. If it degenerates to a badge-and-gun attitude motivated by revenues, I can see some more class actions coming to courts.

STEWART G.H. FAY

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 23, 2013 A10

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