Number plates that you won’t be see­ing this year

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

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”.

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