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Hilarious Australian Number Plate X32 22A Goes Viral On Social Media

Stewart Perrie

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Hilarious Australian Number Plate X32 22A Goes Viral On Social Media

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Considering you can have up to seven characters on a car number plate in Australia, there are hundreds of combinations you can come up with.

But there are rules with what you can and can't have, meaning a few of those combinations will be banned. However, if you're sneaky you might be able to get something through.

A motorist in Western Australia is getting attention online for a number plate that only makes sense if you can see it in your mirror.

X32 22A might seem pretty harmless - however if you spot it in your mirror, then you may find yourself struggling to contain a snigger.

Since being posted onto Reddit, it's racked up an impressive 20,000 upvotes and hundreds of comments.

One person said: "You'd hate to be rear ended by that beauty."

Another added: "That's certainly a good reason to move into the slow lane when you see this guy pulling up behind you."

A third wrote: "Lol, hope they don't get reported and they get to keep it. We need more fun in the world."

It seems like the plates are still registered to a Holden Commodore in Western Australia, so hopefully the owner of the vehicle doesn't get a knock on the door.

Even though an application for number plates can be approved, it can just as easily be revoked. Peter Hansen, from Portland, Victoria, had his 'WEPN' plate on his LC Torana for a decade; however, he's since been told that he can no longer have the beloved four letters adorned on his car.

Credit: 7News
Credit: 7News


According to 7News, VicRoads said that the number plate, which is meant to say the word 'weapon', was offensive because it 'references violence'.

A statement from VicRoads said: "After careful consideration [we] have determined that as the combination has specific negative references, it may be considered offensive to the broader community and as such, have made the decision that it is inappropriate for public display."

That was supported by a statement from The Department of Transport, which added: "We review number plate combinations from time to time and we occasionally recall number plates that may be deemed inappropriate or offensive.

"We also reserve the right to recall number plates that may later be deemed offensive, disrespectful to the law or are inappropriate for display, such as plates that reference violence."

Peter Hansen. Credit: 7News
Peter Hansen. Credit: 7News

He reckons that changing the number plate will devalue his vehicle, which has been a star attraction at car shows in the past.

He's told Melbourne radio station 3AW: "Most cars that are show cars are like wrestlers, or there's a persona about the name. That's all this is, it's a name for my car. I've got the name out there. It's not Peter Hansen that gets invited to the Summer Nats, it's WEPN.

"People are more offended that people are doing this than of the word itself."

Peter has appealed to the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal as well as the ombudsman to overturn the decision from VicRoads.

Topics: Viral, News, Funny, Australia, Cars

Stewart Perrie
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