We wanted to reveal some of the plates deemed too offensive 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: