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  • Car number plates banned by the DVLA

    January 24, 2013 2 min read

    We wanted to reveal some of the plates deemed too offensive by the DVLA

    number plates banned by the DVLA

    New number plates that can spell out rude or offensive words have joined the list of registrations banned by the DVLA.

    Some of the latest words to join the vetoed plates include BU62 GER, TO62 SER and even RU13 BUM. However, the list isn’t put together by hi-tech computers, but instead by what staff working at the agency think is inappropriate.

    “There’s nothing scientific about it,” a spokeswoman told us. “A group of staff meets twice a year and looks at plates that could be seen as offensive. It’s all done by taste, and if some slip through and we get a complaint, we take the feedback on board.”

    Auto Express decided to see which registration plates might have slipped through the DVLA taste test, and a few had clearly passed it by – such as TO62 POT, LO62 ERS and AR62 END.

    The list doesn’t just include words the DVLA classes as rude. Anything that can be seen as racist, religiously offensive or even drug related is also unavailable. These include any plate ending in 13 OMB and even AD13 CTS Not even buyers splashing out on a personalised reg will get away with rude plates, as the DVLA’s powers stretch to what can – and can’t – be used on these, too.

    Here are a few examples of the number plates that have been vetoed by the DVLA in the past two years:

    **13 OMB
    BU62 GER
    SC12 OTM
    ***2 HAG
    DR12 UNK
    LE61 ESS
    AB13 ORT
    PA12 EDO
    LU61 FER
    AD13 CTS
    HE12 OIN
    ST12 OKE
    HE13 REW
    JE12 KOF
    TE12 ROR
    ***2 LUT
    MA12 TYR
    TH12 EAT
    CR12 PLE
    MU12 DER
    SH12 HED
    ***2 PEW
    NA12 ZEE
    FA61 ***
    AS62 OLE
    PE12 VRT
    NO13 ***
    DR12 UGS
    TO62 SER
    RU13 BUM
    FF12 TUS
    KO12 AAN
    LE12 ZER

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