If your license plates are a little worse for the wear, it is time to get them replaced.

Niagara Regional Police are cracking down on license place that have been downgraded by fading and blistering issues and say they have seen a ”drastic increase” in the number of degraded plates, making them difficult or impossible to read.

Manufacturing defects are blamed as the prime culprit that caused plates to rust and degrade prematurely and starting this month, motorists with unreadable plates will be pulled over and given a handout explaining how to replace them.

Written warnings will begin in July and by August, any drivers who have received a warning and have not replaced their plates will be ticketed and fined 110 dollars.

If your licence plates are degraded you can visit a ServiceOntario centre to get them replaced. Plates less than five years old are under warranty and will be changed free of charge; plates older than five years can be replaced for 57 dollars.

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