Hundreds of car number plates which could be considered rude or offensive never make it onto the road each year.
The DVLA has confirmed that it withholds any registrations that it thinks may cause upset or offence on the grounds of political, racial and religious sensitivities or simply because they’re in poor taste.
These include any plates with the letters ARS and DAM at the end, according to Information released to BBC Wales following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.
Several four letter combinations including *B** UMS, *G** ODS and *R** APE are also banned, as well as AB** USE, AN** GER and BO** SOM.
A DVLA spokeswoman said: “Many people enjoy displaying a personalised number plate and the vast majority of registration numbers are made available – but we hold back any combinations that may cause offence, embarrassment or are in poor taste.”
Despite best efforts to identify all combinations that may cause offence, the DVLA’s spokeswomen said that on rare occasions potentially poor taste numbers slip through the net and steps are taken to withdraw them as soon as possible.
As well as the general combinations which are banned, each year throws up its own potentially offensive plate combinations. For example in 2011, DR11 GG* was kept off the roads.
When 67 registration vehicles hit the roads next week, there will be roughly 300 number plates which will not be released, including NO67 FUN, NO67 END, MU67 GED, DO67 ERR, BA67 TRD and ST67 BBD.