The DVLA has recently extended its list of banned number plates to include more religiously offensive, rude and even drink-related references.
The vetoed list includes reg plates such as VA61 ANA, BL03 JOB and UP15 BUM will not be issued, but some such as PEN 15 and ORG45M are still allowed. The organisations has even clamped down on those related to alcohol abuse, such as SL05 HED and AL60 POP.
“There’s nothing scientific about it,” a spokeswoman told us. “A group of staff meets twice a year and looks at plates that could be seen as offensive. It’s all done by taste, and if some slip through and we get a complaint, we take the feedback on board.”
Auto Express decided to see which registration plates might have slipped through the DVLA taste test, and a few had clearly passed it by – such as TO62 POT, LO62 ERS and AR62 END.
The list doesn’t just include words the DVLA classes as rude. Anything that can be seen as racist, religiously offensive or even drug related is also unavailable. These include plates such as JE55 US, 15 LAM, OS55 AMA and even AD13 CTS.
Not even buyers splashing out on a personalised reg will get away with rude plates, as the DVLA’s powers stretch to what can – and can’t – be used on these, too.
Here are a few examples of the number plates that have been vetoed by the DVLA in the past few years:
|**13 OMB||BU62 GER||SC12 OTM|
|PU15 SSY||DR12 UNK||LE61 ESS|
|AB13 ORT||PA12 EDO||LU61 FER|
|AD13 CTS||HE12 OIN||ST12 OKE|
|P15 OFF||JE12 KOF||TE12 ROR|
|***2 LUT||MA12 TYR||PR15 SON|
|CR12 PLE||MU12 DER||SH12 HED|
|***2 PEW||NA12 ZEE||FA61 ***|
|AS62 OLE||PE12 VRT||NO13 ***|
|DR12 UGS||TO62 SER||RU13 BUM|
|FF12 TUS||KO12 AAN||LE12 ZER|
Have a look at the full list here and find your favourites!