TWICE a year, behind closed doors, a secretive meeting is held at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) with the intention of banning risqué and downright rude number plates.
Each February and August, the executives sift through thousands of contentious registrations and block any in poor taste before they can be assigned to a new car.
However, occasionally some slip through the net.
In March, it was revealed that one number plate issued in 2016 had finally been banned. DVLA bosses spotted that ‘CU11 NNT’ was for sale for £6,000, through a private registration dealer. They promptly issued the order for it to be withdrawn from circulation, ending its days on the road.
Other number plates, however, appear to have escaped the clutches of the DVLA. Little surprise; demand is at an all-time high. Record numbers of motorists are driving cars fitted with personalised ‘plates amid a surge in “auto vanity”: the DVLA sold 374,968 private registrations last year, up 12% in 12 months and almost five times the total in the mid-90s.
Here are ten of the most outrageous spotted on vehicles on Britain’s roads.
1 A fan of writing implements?
2 OK, DVLA, no need to get teste
3 We found it…
4 The driver is surely a catch for any single parent
5 The very definition of ‘projection’
6 This driver caused a stink
7 …and proud?
8 An owner with balls. Or one, at least
9 “Richard, are you sure?”
10 Honesty is the best policy