400 number plates blocked by DVLA to avoid offence
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).