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Plenty of proud war veterans Veteran licence plates by city

Surrey and Chilliwack are the top spots in the region when it comes to the number of war veterans who have put commemorative licence plates on their vehicles.

Surrey has 1,770 veterans’ plates registered, while Chilliwack has 1,350 – both far more than the 850 registered in the City of Vancouver.

Chilliwack’s high number despite having less than a sixth the population of the two bigger cities is because it was once home to Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack and large numbers of ex-military personnel still live there.

Langley, with 840 veterans’ plates, and Abbotsford with 830, were just behind Vancouver, according to the statistics provided by ICBC.

Cities with the highest per capita use of veterans plates tend to be ones that have high levels of car ownership and large seniors populations.

ICBC spokesman Doug Henderson said another possible factor is the large number RCMP officers who live in Surrey.

He noted many Mounties qualify for veterans’ plates if they have served in overseas operations.

Veterans plates in Metro Vancouver make up about 0.5 per cent of the region’s 1.38 million registered vehicles.

ICBC stats show there are 10,500 veterans plates registered in the Lower Mainland, Sea to Sky corridor and Sunshine Coast.

The provincial total is 27,040.

Abbotsford 830

Burnaby 520

Chilliwack 1,350

Coquitlam 360

Delta 570

Hope 100

Langley 840

Maple Ridge 430

Mission 220

New Westminster 280

North Vancouver 470

Pitt Meadows 100

Port Coquitlam 130

Richmond 540

Surrey 1,770

Vancouver 850

West Vancouver 260

White Rock 280

Source: ICBC

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