Toronto native Daniel D’Aloisio is either the victim of an overzealous government or an *incredible* troll.
The practicing Roman Catholic was told by the Ministry of Transportation that he had to give up his license plate — which he’s had for 15 years — because it reads “VI6SIX” and violated the rules regarding religious plates.
“It was a combination of what I wanted to say about Mario Lemieux, the six Stanley Cups I shared with my dad and all the people in my family,” he said.
The 42-year-old said he spent a lot of time deciding what characters to include on the plate, explaining that he and his dad were big fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins centre and that they had watched the Montreal Canadiens win six Stanley Cups before his dad died.
D’Aloisio said VI is short for “vie,” which means life in French, and added that years ago, when he picked out the plate, he intentionally kept it to six figures because there were six members in his family.
Assuming he’s being honest, this isn’t a trivial issue. If the government revokes his plate because one person complained 15 years after the plate was issued, where does this stop? What happens when someone else complains that an innocuous combination of numbers and letters is an attack on his faith? Would a license plate with the letters “FSM” be allowed?
For now, the Ministry of Transportation sent D’Aloisio an alternative plate (with his permission). But it doesn’t resolve the outstanding issues.