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1991– other 1991 plates

Commercial plates, 1991 pattern

Cxxnn series

1991_CCF55 1991_CCX96 1991_CFJ65 1991_CJP75 1991_CXA96 1991_CZA82

Several principal variations exist in the Cxxnn series:

  • COMMERCIAL (upper case; tall letters on plate number), e.g., CCF55
  • The Klondike (medium-width font, short letters on plate number), e.g., CCX96
  • Commercial (sentence case; medium-width font, short letters on plate number), e.g., CFJ65
  • commercial (lower case; thin font, tall letters on plate number), e.g., CJP75
  • The Klondike (thin font, tall letters on plate number), e.g., CXA96
  • The Klondike (thick font, tall letters on plate number), e.g., CZA82

In theory, the COMMERCIAL/Commercial/commercial plates are for heavy vehicles, e.g., dump trucks and heavy transport vehicles while The Klonkdike plates are for lighter commercial vehicles that might otherwise have passenger plates, e.g., pickup trucks and cars.

The definition of what sort of commercial vehicle gets which type of plate is somewhat fluid. There are some fairly heavy specialized vehicles (e.g., pickup trucks with industrial equipment or truck bodies permanently mounted in the rear) with the light-vehicle plates. Many definitely commercial vehicles (e.g., name of company painted on side) carry passenger plates.

One might expect that plates in this series were manufactured and issued starting with CAA01 all the way through CZZ99. That is probably not the case. The plates marked The Klondike are generally alphabetically later in the series and on different types of vehicles than Commercial/commercial/COMMERCIAL ones, which are generally earlier in the series. There are old examples of both so it's likely they were issued in parallel.

The last half of the series, i.e., CNxnnCZxnn, all carry The Klondike and appear to progress generally alphabetically from older to newer. There is, however, some mixture of wide and narrow fonts in these series: CVxnn (all wide font?), CWxnn (wide at the start of the series, at least CWA and CWB; narrow at the end), CXxnn (narrow at the start of the series; wide at the end, possibly only CXXnn and CXZnn), and CZxnn (all wide). The different fonts indicate different manufacturers or at least different production runs and thus a strict numerical progression probably did not take place.

The first half of the series, i.e., CAxnnCMxnn(?), is a mixture of COMMERCIAL, Commercial, commercial, and The Klondike, even inside a sub-series. See, for example, the mixture of plate types in the CCxnn and CFxnn sub-series. Series CCXnn The Klondike (also CCZnn The Klondike, not shown) are error plates.

More research is required to understand how plate types correlate to number series in the first half of Cxxnn.

Numbering:

  • xx excludes letters I, Q, U, and Y but includes letter O.
  • nn includes 0199.

Examples:

1991_CAT44 1991_CBK36 1991_CCF85 1991_CCM21 1991_CCT95 1991_CCV84 1991_CCX06 1991_CCX92 1991_CEF50 1991_CEV12 1991_CEV37 1991_CFB30 1991_CFE09 1991_CFF44 1991_CFH59 1991_CFL84 1991_CFM11 1991_CJZ19
1991_CNA29 1991_CON20 1991_CPM41 1991_CRT28 1991_CSJ20 1991_CTM27 1991_CVB58 1991_CWB47 1991_CWZ71 1991_CXP86 1991_CXZ64 1991_CZA79

Cxnnn series

1991_CF827 1991_CJ290

The Cxnnn plates are for heavy vehicles and large trucks, the same as Cxxnn Commercial/commercial variations above. One sporty car was observed in Whitehorse with a Cxnnn plate.

There are two variations in the Cxnnn series:

  • COMMERCIAL (upper case), approximate range CA001-CG500
  • Commercial (sentence case), heavier font, starting approximately CG501

Numbering:

  • x will probably exclude letters I, O, Q, U, and Y as the series evolves.
  • nnn includes 001999.

Examples:

1991_CA001 1991_CA562 1991_CB236 1991_CC139 1991_CD773 1991_CE596 1991_CF457 1991_CG482 1991_CG613 1991_CH705 1991_CJ285

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