I was thinking the other day about this but don't know how to go about changing the system. Any input would be great. My problem many stems from ICBC/Motor vehicle branch and how the relate with the police.
A lot of stolen vehicles are located by the diligence of police officers running plates as they drive. (save any comments about the diligence part for another thread). But this is part of the problem where ICBC lets us down.
Here is a scenario -
1) Cop runs plate ABC123 and sees it on a Red 2004 Ford Mustang 2 door.
When that cop gets back the information for the plate they get back a load of info. Including the information on the car, such as colour, brand, make, style (2dr or 4dr), and year. Based on that information a cop can make a pretty good guess that the vehicle he is looking at is the same vehicle.
2) Cop runs A12345 and sees it on a Blue 2003 Suzuki 600 GSXR. The only information the cops gets back is make, year and displacement, no model information and very seldon any colour. As many bikes are stolen, using other plates, it makes it very difficult for a front line cop to determine if the bike they are looking is the right type.
ICBC/MVB should put in a few more descriptors such as model, colour and style Ie sport, cruiser... whatever, so that Constable Joe Average knows what he is looking at........
PS. If the bike has already been reported stolen, and the guy is running with the plate for that vehicle it is irrelevant because the bike will come back as stolen, I'm looking at it as a help to cops???