Number plates that you won’t be seeing this year
HUNDREDS of number plate combinations that are potentially offensive or in poor taste are banned from being used each year, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has said.
The list of withheld registrations includes combinations which should never be seen on the roads, including any that end with the three letters ARS or DAM and those that are specific to the year.
Among the approximately 300 that will not be released next week when 67 vehicle registrations become available are NO67 FUN, NO67 END, MU67 GED, DO67 ERR, BA67 TRD and ST67 BBD.
In June, the number plate JH11 HAD was spotted in Newport, South Wales, and reported to authorities. It was subsequently withdrawn, and the DVLA said the plate “slipped through the net”.
Information released to BBC Wales following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request revealed that other combinations such as JE** HAD and *J11 HAD were also banned.
The Swansea-based agency said in the FOI document that it has a responsibility to make sure the combination used on registration numbers “does not cause upset or offence”.