THE most recent list of car registrations deemed too rude for motorists’ eyes has been revealed. Twice every year, the DVLA is forced to blac
THE most recent list of car registrations deemed too rude for motorists’ eyes has been revealed.
Twice every year, the DVLA is forced to blacklist hundreds of combinations ahead of new registrations being released in March and September.
Anything that could be deemed slightly offensive features on the list, preventing cheeky drivers from causing a stir on Britain’s roads.
New ’19 plates are due to be released on March 1, and already close to 600 combinations have been banned.
Swear words, sex acts and racist slurs all feature on the X-rated list, along with childish jeers and crude nicknames.
This year has seen even more combinations cut, as would-be pranksters can make a number of phrases by using “1” as an “I” and “9” as a lower case “g”.
Cause for offence? These are the other banned DVLA registration combinations
The DVLA has banned hundreds of number plates over the years because they could cause “offence”.
The Agency says that a 6 can look like a “G” or an “S” while a 7 can be read as a “T” or an “L”.
An “I” is represented by a 1, while 9 looks like a lower case “g”.
And some say if you look really hard, the number 67 can look like the letter “R”.
Here’s the outlawed DVLA combinations:
- Four-letter combinations: *B** UMS, *G** ODS and *R** APE
- Five-letter combinations: AB** USE, AN** GER and BO** SOM
- September 2018 vehicle registrations: BA68 TRD, BL68 JOB, SH68 GER and OR68 ASM.
Some of the most offensive taken out of circulation include B19 NOB, P19 FKR, DO19 POO, FA19 END and OR19 ASM.
Anything that could be perceived as being related to criminal activity is also removed, with MU19 GER, GA19 NJA and P19 POL out this year.
Other combos set to be banned when new plates are issued in March are FR19 BOY, RA19 EAD, B19 DCK, F19 GOT and VA19 FAN.
Any plates that feature SEX, BUM or ASS at the end are automatically excluded every year.
Other set four letter and five letter combos are also banned, such as TO** SER, SL** UTS and BO** MBS.
Number plate essentials
But the banned list isn’t always able to capture every dodgy plate, with some occasionally slipping through the net and finding their way into circulation.
The infamous CU11 NNT plate was finally banned in March last year after being put on sale for £6,000.
A DVLA Spokesman said:“The vast majority of registration numbers are made available but the Agency holds back any combinations that may cause offence, embarrassment or are in poor taste.
“Many people enjoy displaying a personalised registration number and there are over 50 million registrations available on our website, with almost endless possibilities of combinations to suit a person’s taste, interests and budget with prices starting at just £250.”