DVLA Announces Licence Plate Crackdown

Tue 29th Mar 2022

Personalised number plates are big business for the DVLA, with the government organisation earning £160 million a year from selling some of the most cherished letter and number combinations - but with a new batch of number plates released this month, not every one will see the light of day.

So while number plate enthusiasts will have been working out which words could be made up from the new 22 platers, there are a number which have been automatically banned as they have been deemed too offensive for the roads. 

The DVLA published the full list of off limits number plates this week, with some too suggestive to even print, however it might surprise many to learn that even Covid related plates have been withdrawn.

The plates which we could publish include F22 KER, BA22 TRD, A22 HLE, and TU22 URD, CO22 RNA, CO22 ONA and CO22 VD.

In addition to the banned plates, the DVLA have also enforced a ban on the two-tone number plates which were popular with the big exhausts and tinted windows of your traditional boy-racer. The additional colours make a licence plate appear 3D, but have been banned to make it easier for speed cameras to read the plate.

“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,” a DVLA spokesman said.

“Many people enjoy displaying a personalised registration number and there are over 50m registrations available on our website with almost endless possibilities of combinations to suit a person’s taste, interests and budget.”