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DVLA: No You CAN’T Use That License Plate

posted on Dec 03 2013 by Jade Hensby

DVLA: No You CAN’T Use That License Plate

The DVLA have released a list of personalised license plates that have been banned for being in poor taste with examples of plates spelling out rude words or controversial statements. Lets take a look at what the DVLA have banned, and see if they are blush inducing!

It has taken the DVLA staff months of sorting through thousands of possible combinations from the most recent number plate update of 63. The list will come into effect from March next year when the DVLAs 14 plates come into use.

Personalised license plates beginning with the letters PR, SH and SL have proven to be the most troublesome for the 14 plate, along with variants that include PR14 CCK, SH14TTY, SL14 AGS becoming the first to be banned. The number 14 in the new plate can be made to look like the letter I, A or H, which has become the root of the problem as a large number of potentially controversial terms or phrases feature these letters.

The DVLA have stated that the vast majority of registration numbers are made available but we have a responsibility to ensure that the combinations used do not cause offence. We try to identify combinations that may cause offence and having considered the appropriateness of these registration numbers we have withdrawn them as they could cause offence or embarrassment on the grounds of political or racial sensitivities or are in poor taste.

So while some of the license number plates will be offence to some, others seem just too funny to ban. Alas, well have to stay with the ones that are more traditional and hope that we can make some sort of word from them!