DVLA puts brakes on Brex­i­teers seek­ing EU-BAD num­ber plates

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Jamie John­son

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.

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