400 num­ber plates blocked by DVLA to avoid of­fence

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - Press As­so­ci­a­tion

More than 400 num­ber plates have been banned from use as part of the new “68” ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tions. The Driver and Ve­hi­cle Li­cens­ing Agency (DVLA) blocks com­bi­na­tions it feels “may cause of­fence, em­bar­rass­ment or are in poor taste”. Mo­torists of­ten use per­son­alised plates to make words.

The “68” reg­is­tra­tions, which be­came avail­able on 1 Septem­ber caused sev­eral 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, which made £111m last year from sell­ing per­son­alised num­bers, re­vealed the 436 banned plates in­clude **68 OMB, *A68 USE, BA68 TAD and OR68 ASM. Oth­ers in­clude those with Brexit ref­er­ences (EU68 BAD), the racist group KKK (UK68 KKK) and drugs (DR68 GGS).

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