The province of Nova Scotia is banning a set of personalized licence plates reading “GRABHER” for what seems like obvious reasons—but if you ask the plates’ owner, Lorne Grabher, the ban doesn’t seem fair.
Grabher, a resident of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, told CBC News he was surprised to find a letter in the mail earlier this year explaining his personalized plate would be revoked based upon its messaging.
He’s had the plates, which are a reference to his surname, on his vehicles for the past 27 years.
“First of all, I thought it was joke. As I got reading the letter more, I said, ‘This is not a joke.’ Then, I became very angry,” said Grabher in an interview with CBC’s As it Happens.
The government says, in this case, it must do what’s right for the greater citizenry.
“In this specific case, while we understand it is a last name, that context is not available to the general public. A complaint was received, outlining how some individuals interpret it as misogynistic and promoting violence against women,” said Brian Taylor, media relations advisor to the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation, in a written response to CBC News.
“With no way to denote that it is a family name on the plate, the department determined it was in the public’s best interest to remove it from circulation.”