The plates for 1976 are lightweight steel, painted white with black lettering. The backs of the plates are painted white. These plates have long, oval slots. The plates with the goldpanner have a "nugget" of gold paint in the gold pan; the goldpanner is embossed.
These plates had one letter followed by three digits. The letter indicated the location where the plate was issued as follows:
|Whitehorse||A, B, C, E, G, J, K, L, N, P, T, U, X|
|unused?||I, O, Q, R, S, V, Y, Z|
Hmmm... At least one example of a 1976 plate has been observed with the goldpanner and a single digit, no preceeding letter. More research required!
There were several varieties of commercial plates for this year:
- Cn Cnn Cnnnn-series for commercial vehicles not covered by some specialized type of plate. The Cnnn-series was for passenger plates (e.g., C524 above), not commercial.
- Ln Lnn-series for livery (taxi) vehicles
- Rn Rnn-series for recovery vehicles (tow trucks)
- BUSn BUSnn BUSnnn-series for buses
- PSVn PSVnn PSVnnn-series for public service vehicles (PSVs). What are PSVs?
- RESn RESnn RESnnn-series for restricted vehicles. What are restricted vehicles?
- FTn FTnn FTnnn-series for through freighter (freighter-through) trucks
Yukon government: Gnnnn
The Yukon government black-on-orange plates (long slots) were used for many years until they were superceded by the YTGnnn series in 1982.
Federal government: Xn Xnn Xnnn Xnnnn Xn·nnn
Federal (dominion) government vehicles carried dark grey plates with green lettering from the 1950s up to 1982. Some lettering is turquoise due to a bad paint batch. Some with four-digit numbers had a dot between the first and second digits.
Dealer: Dn Dnn Dnnnn
Dealer plates did not have three digits. The Dxxx-series was for passenger plates (e.g., D240 above).