DVLA puts brakes on Brexiteers seeking EU-BAD number plates
A PRO-BREXIT number plate is one of hundreds that have been vetoed by the DVLA, as new “68” registrations cause headaches for authorities.
More than 400 letter and number combinations have fallen foul of the DVLA’S guidelines which ban registra- tions it feels “may cause offence, embarrassment or are in poor taste.”
The number plate EU68 BAD (EUGB BAD) will not be seen on the streets of Britain, or indeed continental Europe, after it was decided it would not be made available for circulation.
With more than five million person- alised number plates sold by the DVLA in the last 30 years, motorists often get creative when trying to spell out words or phrases.
The Shakespeare-inspired number plates 2 BE and Not 2B were last seen on an Aston Martin and Range Rover parked in a drive in Chelsea, west London. They are believed to be owned by a property developer and his wife. The “68” registrations which became available on Sept 1 caused a number of issues for the DVLA, as the 6 can represent B, G, C or S, while the 8 can also represent B. Responding to a Freedom of Information request by the Press Association, the DVLA revealed the 436 banned plates include 68 OMB, A68 USE, BA68 TAD and OR68 ASM.
Other banned plates include those with references to the Ku Klux Klan (UK68 KKK) and drugs (DR68 GGS).
Some plates have managed to evade the eagle eyes of the authorities. Last year a Ford Fiesta owner had their number plate JH11 HAD – a reference to Jihad, the Islamic term for “struggle” or “fight” – removed.
At the time, the DVLA said: “We try to identify all combinations that may cause offence, and on the rare occasion where potentially offensive numbers slip through the net, steps are taken to withdraw the number.”
The DVLA and “cherished plate” companies make a substantial amount of money from selling personalised registrations – in the past financial year the DVLA pocketed £111million.
A spokesman for the DVLA said: “Many people enjoy displaying a personalised registration number and there are over 50 million registrations available on our website.
“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.”
In May, the DVLA will accept orders for its “69” series.