DVLA Reveals List Of Offensive Number Plates To Be Banned

If you're thinking of getting a personalised number plate for your car then listen up, as the the number of possibilities has been cut - if you're hoping for something rude, that is.

The Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has announced a list of 19 obscene registration plates to be banned this year.

The agency already doesn't allow anything that is likely to cause offence - including racial, religious or political slurs, or indeed any reference to a private part of the body.

According to Wales Online, the list - released twice a year - includes some regular offenders, such as AS19 OLE, BU19 GER and DO19 POO.

Now, if you were genuinely planning on having one of these bad boys plastered across the back of your car, you probably shouldn't be allowed to operate heavy machinery - but it's your car, I guess.

Not every entry is so puerile, however. There are also a couple of politically-minded plates that have joined the banned list - EU19 OUT and EU19 SHT have both been cut because of their apparent reference to Brexit and the UK's scheduled departure from the European Union on 29 March.

The DVLA has drawn up a list of 19 offensive number plates which will be banned. Credit: PA
The DVLA has drawn up a list of 19 offensive number plates which will be banned. Credit: PA

The new batch of number plates will be released at the end of this week and will apply to all cars registered before Saturday 31 August.

Rather than relying on computers to spot the offending plates, a special meeting is held by the DVLA, which sees a team of people root out any potentially offensive entries.

A spokesperson for the DVLA - which makes around £160 million from the sale of personalised registration plates - said the majority are safe, with almost no limit on what drivers can have on their vehicles.

They said: "The vast majority of registration numbers are made available but the Agency holds back any combinations that may cause offence, embarrassment or are in poor taste.

"Many people enjoy displaying a personalised registration number and there are over 50 million registrations available on our website, with almost endless possibilities of combinations to suit a person's taste, interests and budget."

The DVLA makes around £160 million from personalised registration plates. Credit: PA
The DVLA makes around £160 million from personalised registration plates. Credit: PA

So which slogans have been judged to go just that little bit too far?

Voilà:

AS19 OLE

BA19 BAG

B19 TCH

B19 TTS

BO19 OCK

BU19 GER

BU19 SHT

DO19 POO

DO19 SHT

DR19 GGS

EU19 OUT

FA19 NNY

FR19 OFF

M19 NGR (eek!)

PR19 CCK

SH19 GAR

SH19 TTE

UP19 SSY

US19 AAG

VA19 YNA

W19 NKR

Bloody DVLA. Those guys just don't understand banter, innit.

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Dominic Smithers

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in French and History, Dom went onto gain an NCTJ journalism qualification. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Manchester Evening News and the Macclesfield Express, covering breaking news, court, sports, and politics.

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