Dirty dozen: DVLA starts banning rude '12' plates
It's a good few months until the March '12' number plate change, but already the spoilsports at the DVLA have stated banning plates it deems offensive.
Car licence plates including PE12 VRT, DR12 UNK, DR12 UGY and MU12 DER have been pulled from sale, for fear that perverts, drunks, drug users and murderers might be tempted to splash out on an appropriate vanity plate.
Selling number plates is a bonanza for the DVLA, raking in millions of pounds, with those that loosely resemble words or names especially popular. However, matters of taste and decency preclude rude or sensitive plates from going under the hammer – despite the bounty it would probably deliver from cheeky rich folk.
Swear words, rude words, body parts and words of potential religious sensitivity are banned.
Last March's '11' plate change was an even bigger headache for the DVLA than this one, with a far bigger tasteless minefield to negotiate. Uncivil plates that were pulled included CA11 GRL, FI11 THY, BA11 SUP, BA11 BAG, PR11 CKS, CR11 MES and AK11 LER.
However, despite deeming DR11 NKS offensive, the DVLA thought it ok to take £1,599 for the snigger-inducing ME11 ONS, which Jeremy Clarkson thought would be a useful plate for Katie Price.
Some plates do slip through the net, most notably BO11 LUX last year, which was bought for £399 by 49-year-old Alan Clarke from Chesterfield. He got into trouble when the DVLA realised its gaffe six weeks later and withdrew it, asking him to remove it from his Range Rover.
Strangely, however, the DVLA then unrealised the mistake and told him he could keep it.
Back to March 2012, the DVLA's blacklist also includes the following:
We're sure you can think of a few more...
(The pictured plate (FAB 1) isn't rude, just in case you're trying to work out how.)