New '68 registration plates were released in September and the DVLA has already pulled some from production because they're deemed too offensive. Twice every year, the DVLA is forced to blacklist hundreds of combinations as new registrations are released in March and September. Anything that could be deemed slightly offensive features on the list, preventing cheeky motorists from causing a stir on Britain's roads.
New '68 plates were released on September 1st, and already more than 400 combinations have been banned. Swear words, sex acts and racist slurs all feature on the X-rated list, along with childish jeers and crude nicknames. Some of the worst using September's numbers include:
Also removed from use this year were:
Any plates that feature SEX, BUM or ASS at the end are automatically excluded every year. Other set four letter and five letter combos are also banned, such as:
However, the banned list isn't always able to capture every dodgy plate, with some occasionally slipping through the net and finding their way into circulation. The infamous CU11 NNT plate was finally banned in March this year after being put on sale for £6,000.
The DVLA also removes certain plates that might prove popular among collectors and save them for auction. Last year, the Agency raked in £160 million from personalised plates with buyers willing to pay thousands for names, initials and clever slogans. Number plate sales also attract incredible price tags among private collectors, with single plates even fetching millions of pounds.
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