The DVLA has banned a selection of number plate combinations ahead of new 73-reg this month.
With each release, millions of number plates are put into circulation so it is not too surprising that some of the combinations form or resemble unpleasant or rude words.
To help ensure that only socially acceptable plates are used on the road, the DVLA bans a long list of plates before they are issued to the public.
Jon Kirkbright, sales director at Platehunter, submitted a Freedom Of Information request to the DVLA to reveal exactly which plates have been banned ahead of the new 73’ release.
Jon specialises in buying and selling private number plates and has over 11 years experience in the trade.
Commenting on the exclusive lists of banned number plates, Jon said, “So many number plates are banned before each release by the DVLA, that the public would never usually be aware of.
“It is unsurprising that there are so many banned combinations when millions of plates are released twice a year. It is inevitable that some will spell – or almost spell – rude or offensive words.
“However, some of them are borderline but I understand why the DVLA chose to be extra cautious. They are simply trying to protect what is a very significant source of revenue for them.”
Officials at the Swansea-based centre not only look at possible English language combinations which might cause offence but also have to consider letters grouped in the Welsh language, and even Gaelic for Scotland and Northern Ireland.