With the advent of the new '16' plate in March, the DVLA has released a list of the latest number plates that they won't be allowing on UK vehicles.
The new list includes plates such as B16 DCK, P16 TUG and CR16 PLE. No plates are ever taken off the list, which means the usual suspects like VA61 ANA and UP15 BUM are still vetoed.
DVLA censors meet twice a year to decide upon which plates are banned. With the release of each new plate come new possibilities to offend. “There’s nothing scientific about it,” a spokeswoman told us. “It’s all done by taste, and if some slip through and we get a complaint, we take the feedback on board.”
Auto Express decided to see which registration plates might have slipped through the DVLA taste test, and a few had clearly passed it by – such as TO62 POT, LO62 ERS and AR62 END.
The list doesn’t just include words the DVLA classes as rude. Anything that can be seen as racist, religiously offensive or even drug related is also unavailable. These include plates such as JE55 US, 15 LAM, OS55 AMA and even AD13 CTS. Combinations with a political angle have been chopped too - EU16 OUT and EU16 GON, as well as anything ending in BNP.
Not even buyers splashing out on a personalised reg will get away with rude plates, as the DVLA’s powers stretch to what can – and can’t – be used on these, too.
But it's not all bad news, as the 16-plate does bring a lot of new possibilities - lots of people will be able to find their name, with plates like AL16 SON and KN16 GHT.
Here are a few examples of the number plates that have been vetoed by the DVLA in the past few years:
|**13 OMB||BU62 GER||SC12 OTM|
|PU15 SSY||DR12 UNK||LE61 ESS|
|AB13 ORT||PA12 EDO||LU61 FER|
|AD13 CTS||HE12 OIN||ST12 OKE|
|P15 OFF||JE12 KOF||TE12 ROR|
|***2 LUT||MA12 TYR||PR15 SON|
|CR12 PLE||MU12 DER||SH12 HED|
|***2 PEW||NA12 ZEE||FA61 ***|
|AS62 OLE||PE12 VRT||NO13 ***|
|DR12 UGS||TO62 SER||RU13 BUM|
|FF12 TUS||KO12 AAN||LE12 ZER|
Were you waiting for a 16 plate? Search for the latest ones on the DVLA website...