RUDE number plates spelling words like t*rd and B*****ks have been banned by the DVLA in a crackdown on cheeky cars.
Every year, officials at the DVLA in Swansea, Wales, receive hundreds of requests for personalised licence plates.
The agency says it does its best to accommodate them – but bans anything that “may cause offence, embarrassment or are in poor taste”.
And this year they found countless "offensive" requests while sifting through the latest requests for new "71" registration plates.
Some drivers were hoping to drive around with **71 OSS, **71 URD, **71 WAT, *S71 LUT *S71 UTS *S71 UTT *S71 UTY on their bonnets.
Others begged for *S71 UUT, *S71FFY and *S71FYY for their cars – but none were successful.
And drivers hoping to have BO71 LOX, FA71 NNY or GU71 LTY also had their hopes dashed, as the crackdown banned the lot.
This year officials said they were particularly on the look-out for Covid-linked number plates – and banned AN71 VAX, CO71 VD, CO71 ONA and CO71 RNA.
Also caught in the purge were any plates linked to Afghanistan with TA71 BAN and TA71 BNN being purged.
Far-right groups were also caught out with FA71 ST, *H71 LAR, *H71 LER, *H71 LRR, *H71 LRS, *H71 TLR being blocked along with any anything starting NA71.
The DVLA body tasks its best and brightest with finding every combination of the newly released format that shouldn’t see the light of day.
It's a lucrative business for the Swansea -based agency, earning up to £160m a year.
Meanwhile, drivers with dirty licence plates or ones that are hard to read may face a fine of up to £1,000.
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 50m registrations available on our website with almost endless possibilities of combinations to suit a person’s taste, interests and budget.”
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