UK Banned Number Plates

DVLA Bans Number Plates Because They’re Too Offensive

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The DVLA has revealed more vehicle registration numbers that have been banned for use in the UK because they are considered offensive.

The bans also include plates that are deemed to have religious references, innuendos, and even drink related references, clamping down on those related to alcohol abuse such as SL05 HED and AL60 POP.

“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 plates such as JE55 US, 15 LAM, OS55 AMA and even AD13 CTS.

Even drivers with creative imaginations investing in a private plate cannot slip by the clampdown! 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 few years:

BU62 GER
SC12 OTM
DR12 UNK
LE61 ESS
LU61 FER
P15 OFF
PR15 SON
CR12 PLE
MU12 DER
SH12 HED
AS62 OLE
DR12 UGS
TO62 SER
RU13 BUM


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Information source via AutoExpress.