DVLA holds back “too rude” number plate requests

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Hundreds of requests for personalised number plates are refused because they are “too naughty, rude or vulgar”.

The DVLA offers millions of registrations on its website – generating more than £160 million from sales.

But staff need to be vigilant to spot requests for a combination of letters and numbers that could cause offence.

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.”

Some of the 71 plates on the “banned” list are:

*D71 CK*

*F71 ART

*P71 SSY

*T71 TS*

*T71 URD

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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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