The Register has obtained a list of the rudest words you'll never see on car number plates: the official list of banned registration marks from the Drivers and Vehicles Licensing Authority (DVLA). We almost don't want to sully the pure reputation of our website by publishing all the combinations of letters and numbers on our …
TA12 DIS will be up for auction at some point soon then?
CR 1 KEY !!
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PEN 1S through, Steve Parrish had it on his Merc convertible for a few years
I also saw
"PEN 18" made me do a doubletake.
PEN1S on the Merc...........
Yes, I saw it on a Merc on the M1 once - driving like a right D1CKH3AD and when we got to Heathrow, he was in the car park of the hotel we were going to.
I was carved up at a roundabout this morning by a woman in a Mercedes with a 2-digit numberplate. At the time I thought that maybe she should have opted for C1JNT but perhaps her request was rejected by the DVLA...
so B1 TCH and B457 ARD are acceptable?
... can be seen regularly on the streets of Worcester.
Drives like one, too.
so what does a "pea do"?
My favourite from the Australian list was someone driving around with a plate of 6UL-DV8 although I allways wanted TA12D1S
The funniest one I've ever seen in real life
On a beige Ford Ka near Banbury, the somewhat mis-spaced M12 POO.
Yes, someone named their brown car "MR POO".
Saw a plumbers van driving through north London with the reg PO07 RAP - although oddly enough the space was shifted one character to the left, can't think why they'd have wanted to do that...
I suppose A55 OLE is on the list. I wanted to buy it for my last boss.
Pity I'm not black. I'd luuurrve RA55 MAN.
Only a certain subclass of techies would understand though.
PLM 80 (Intel's 8080 version of PL1)
I saw RPG III once. It was on a Ferrari, so I assume it was the third car owned by some rich twat with the initials RPG.
Either that or I was seriously underpaid at the time....
 Or possibly the hundred and eleventh car owned by some astonishingly rich twat.
Sad..... Very Sad.......
.............When techies want computer numbers.
How about 0101 011?
I used to see a car occasionally...
with the registration TTY 1. I'm hoping the owner was an old-school techie....
A friend used to work for a company whose initials were FAG. All of the company cars (his included) had numberplates with FAG on it (he lovingly referred to his as the Fagmobile). So clearly not all combinations with FAG are banned. I think these were just from the normal licenseplate issue rather than custom plates though...
They had the legal bearings to use the plates... though there was some greasing involved.
Yes, I'm leaving... coat.
Does the Trade Descriptions Act apply to these plates? If so, the woman who drives B4ABE is in real trouble...
This would be an appropriate post to ask which Reg reader wants to own up to owning L 111 NUX, which I saw a few weeks ago.
L1 NUX is frequently seen in the south wales area, last photographed by a colleague on a fairly unremarkable honda civic
it wasn't on a prius...
I always seem to be driving in the opposite direction to MR60 MEZ (Mr. Gomez). Don't know who he is, but he drives a very nice car.
I have a rare form of Dyslexia where all private number plates appear as " fuckwit ".
Does anybody else have the same?
Not the same system here obviously, but yes, they do all read "dickhead" or some equivalent in my eye.
Except for the one I saw the other day: 386 TWM
Now THAT's a statement. Also, here (licensed) ham radio operators get their own category of plates (which reads one's call sign). How cool is that?
Sorry - dropped off there for a second.
Seen on a Bentley with a disabled badge in the window - HA51 LEG
Would G12W UP be a valid license plate?
...that's what she said
I've seen bot B19 FUD and W33 FUD in the Glasgow area, both on Golfs funnily enough. If you don't know what a FUD is, I ain't telling.
When the plate is worth more than the car
Round here I've seen M5 5LUT
Not on a BMW M5. On an ancient Vauxhall Cavalier.
I'm sure I saw 4 KEW once, long time ago
I knew the guy who had 4 KOF and 4 COF.
I remember seeing 4 COF and wondering how he (I assumed it was a he) had got it past the suits. To have managed it twice is pretty impressive.
P 12 ADO? Does that mean P 12 EDO is available?
Perhaps the paediatrician somewhere (Bournemouth?) was attacked by a mob because they'd checked with DVLA (DLVA?) and decided said person couldn't spell.
Used to be a Volvo round here wearing SPL 1F. That's right, a Volvo.
A car in my neighbourhood has a PROTEIN (or near enough) plate - sneaky!
In Sweden there are, of course, far fewer restrictions, a friend has ANDY B but BOLLOX is also out there I believe.
<-- Some one has this and I want it.
Saw an DB9 on the M25 with AU55OME which I thought was good.
The nutter from Slade originally had registration plate YOB1 - and I know that plate must live somewhere around the Berkshire area where I've seen it a couple of times, last time about 3 weeks ago on the Ascot road.
I saw L1NUX being sported on a BMW round there a while back too. That must've been the Microsoft UK head honcho then.
A local favourite a few years back was D3lBOY (Del Boy). Might still be around, but the rozzers must have had a word because the letters had previously been physically arranged to make sure the meaning was spelt out, more recently they've been changed to fit in with government policy. Which is just plain daft in my book - if someone saw "DEL BOY" accelerating away from a crime scene they'd remember that plate much more easily than "D31 BOY".
It's as much about ANPR recognising as it is about punters remembering.
If you can't be ANPR'd because you've adjusted your number plate, plod can't easily check whether you're taxed, MOTed, insured, etc, and/or whether your vehicle is "of interest to the police and security services".
If you can't be ANPR'd because you've adjusted your number plate they can of course in theory have a word with you about that. But how many people ever receive "words of advice" on that subject?
I still want someone to stick an e-ink screen on their number plate so they can change it halfway between a set of average speed cameras.
Anybody who thinks they're being smart or cool by paying over the odds for a random selection of letters should be made to drive around for a few months with the registration KN08 END on their car, just to get used to it.
I have seen:
On a sports car in Portsmouth: X 9 1NCH
On an old camper van: GOT 6 1N
On a fairly decent looking car (certainly not an old T reg!): AMD 1T
I wanted SS 55 SSS or II 11 III
I always wanted FUB 4R
This is ok?
Local car has BA57ARD which always raises a chuckle.
Outside Next Gen in Hatfield.
What the hell is a "vaginob"?