THE DRIVER and Vehicle Licensing Agency has revealed the new ’20’ numberplates deemed too offensive or provocative for our roads.
New style ‘plates come in every March and September, and as ever the most recent letter and number combinations have resulted in many being withheld by the DVLA.
The ‘suppressed’ registrations, drawn up by a team of 15 people, comprise the usual outlawed prefixes and suffixes — GOD and JEW are automatically banned, for example.
This time around the group has deemed dozens of dodgy variations too risqué, including political declarations such as EU20 NO, EU20 OUT, EU20 FKD, EU20 WAR and EU20 YES — all likely to incite strong reactions from other drivers thanks to their clear Brexit-related connections.
Other banned plates include M20 RON, SC20 TUM and UG20 HEL. The likes of AS20 OLE, BJ20 BOY and MY20 DCK are also being withheld.
The DVLA reserves plates for which it thinks it can charge a premium, selling them through its website and at auctions. Since 1989 this has raised more than £2.5 billion for the Treasury, though officials at the DVLA offices in Swansea hold meetings twice a year to decide on the plates to ban.
A spokesman said: “The vast majority of registration numbers are made available but the agency holds back any combinations that may cause offence, embarrassment, or are in poor taste. Many people enjoy displaying a personalised registration number and there are over 50 million registrations available on our website with almost endless possibilities of combinations to suit a person’s taste, interests and budget.”
Autumn 2015 was not regarded as a vintage set of registrations for creative spelling combinations, with the ’65’ launch including everything from the moderately rude HU65 ASS to the outright offensive FA65 GTT.
Another coveted release was the spring 2011 collection, with the ’11’ plate allowing combinations such as BU11 DOG and, for bikers, FA11 OFF.
However, amid the Covid-19 pandemic it’s highly likely March sales took a nosedive. Sales figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders are expected later this week, but with car dealerships closed for the next three months, except for a few service centres providing vital repairs, and potential buyers likely to be concerned about job security, the 20 plate may be one of the rarer editions to find homes.
The banned 20 numberplates