When buying a car, some Britons will opt to make it their own with a personalised registration plate. On this, drivers will pick a combination of numbers and letter which mean something to them, such as their name or an important date. However, some combinations are immediately banned by the DVLA so people cannot have licence plates which could cause offence. Such plates include those which are deemed to have offensive language or for political, racial or religious reasons.
The plates which are banned cannot be produced regardless of whether they are a standard of personalised plate.
The DVLA has also put restrictions on combinations meaning certain words cannot be put on a plate together.
Each year, combinations of words such as SEX and A** are automatically omitted.
Other four letter combinations such as B** UMS and FA** RTS are also cut to avoid any offence being caused.
So, what combinations have been banned?
This year, there were 19 plate registrations automatically removed including BA19 AGS, BO19 OCK, NO19 BER and EA19 POO.
The registrations, U19 SHT, AS19 OLE, FR19 PLY and DR19 GGS were also banned.
In 2018, the DVLA immediately blocked 68 combinations which some may find offensive.
The list of plates includes BA68 TRD, BL68 JOB, SH68 GER and OR68 ASM.
In recent years, there have been many other letter and number combinations banned.
Some of these include BU62GER, PU15SSY, DR12UNK, AR67 OLE and PA12EDO.
A DVLA spokesman said: “Many people enjoy displaying a personalised registration and there are over 50 million registrations available on our website, www.dvlaregistrations.dvla.gov.uk, with almost endless possibilities of combinations to suit a person’s taste, interest and budget with prices starting at just £250.
“The vast majority of personalised registrations are made available for sale but the agency holds back any combinations that may cause offence, embarrassment or are in poor taste.”
The plate is ‘4RAB’, or ARAB, was believed to attract a big number of Arabs across the Gulf Region.
Number plates can fetch huge prices for their exclusivity with some motorists using them as status symbols.
Published at Sun, 08 Sep 2019 15:18:00 +0000