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 …
The spare, for when "a" is unavailable?
Through the rear-view mirror
It only works when seen through the rear-view mirror, but my favorite it is 3MTA3.
Seen OO04 COX on the roads in Hampshire, driven by a young lady, who I wondered if she chose it on purpose?
...some dunkett drove around a nameless northern town in a Ferrari with the reg plate H1 1 LAY. I haven't see it for a while so hopefully he has been removed from the gene pool.
A white 2001 360 Spider
They generally just annoy me
If it's not obvious, they generally just make me cross. However, I remember a local one when I was a lad:
The owner had thoughtfully put a sticker in his window to help those who needed it:
BALS 2 IT
Years ago, I saw can old MKII Granada (low on its wheels) being driven around Brum by a very rotund gentleman; the vehicle sporting FAT 61T...
Was there a question?
There used to be a matched pair of Bentley Continentals parked in Chelsea with the registrations "2 BE" and "NOT 2B".
Also saw "ELG 4R" on a Range Rover on the M40 just the other day.
They are still there...
...at least the plates are, last time I went past they were on a Bentley and an Aston.
Saw a blue Subaru the other day with F11CKA
I thought maybe the driver liked horses but reading here indicates that it might be something else.
The A was spaced out and I guess the texting generation and the vanity bitches see the 11 as a U
F11CKA = "ficker" = "thicker"
as in, two short planks.
The clever ones are the best
I knew a guy who had K9 0RBS with the text underneath reading "The Dogs Bollocks", it always made me smile.
I have a 4wd that I use for getting lost in the bush - the plate says WTFAMI
The 'W' can be Where or What or Who?
Sex Pistols at Nottingham's Magistrates Court in 1977, proved "bollocks" was not obscene.
Up here in Edinburgh, the entire class "SN07" was not issued because someone in the DVLA thought "snot" was offensive.
I once saw
"D141TAL" -- with an "open" 4 very carefully stylised to look a little bit like a capital G.
Actually, I used to see it quite a lot. This was around the time that registration was current. I'm showing my age now. (Where's the pipe and slippers icon when you need one?)
Never seen the point of such registrations. If you want everyone to know you're a "B00B" (a reg plate I've seen) then put a sticker in the back window.
Given how few traffic police there are around you could probably just put a fake plate on with whatever you like. I've seen enough plates with illegal fonts and altered characters to think that nothing is being done about them. I can only assume these people don't have an MOT or swap the plate over (why bother, do you not have anything better to do?).
I knew of a few
Back in A reg times, a local BMW dealer grabbed a lot of plates.
I remember such ones as A323BMW on a ... BMW 323i I think they managed most of the models.
Seen A1 LBW - used to be a sponsor car for a cricketer, last saw with a white bloke & suit on a Cavalier, rather than black bloke in cricket whites on a base level 3 series.
Also seen MY 750 on a BMW 750.
You English are rude...
I think I should mention that where you brits require four letters to refer to man- or ladyparts, the Dutch require only three. Have I seen them proudly adorning cars? Why yes, yes I have.
Sorry I don't get the VA61 NOB one... VAG NOB? Might have been funnier as VA61 NAA
I confirm the Bentleys in Chelsea, still look out for them on my occasional jaunts into the Smoke.
Some considerable number of years ago I nearly fell off my motorbike when passing FU2 on the Hammersmith Flyover - believed to be owned at the time by a Fiona Richmond?
J1 HAD or J11 HAD....
....used to be on a pimped Transit in the student areas of Manchester circa 1997
My mate has C1LNT spaced to look like possibly the rudest of all swear words, never figured out why.
B13 ELM, which struck me as offensive.
I've also seen 404 LOL, but couldn't decide whether to laugh or cry, at that.
my all time favorite
was a dolled up busty blond driving a top-of-the range convertible merc..as it roared past me I noted the number plate
CUP 38 D
I always wanted W1TCH but the going rate was £50k...
Seen on M3
Out and proud?
Wow; someone obviously missed the memo at the DVLA for all the cars in South Oxon with the licence plates starting BJ08... examples seen include BJ08 BAA, BJ08 GRL, BJ08 BAR etc, etc.
Yet more make-work for the armies of otherwise unemployable civil servants.
In the early days of XX##XXX....
I once saw a lorry operated by a firm called Cosi-Bed, with the plate CO51 BED.
Also out in the wild
Seen as W32GAY. On a pink Lexus Soarer (yes I know there is no such thing except it is popular in the pink community).
I applied to the DVLA for W4NKR when W registrations were released in the UK (1999?), but received a polite rejection letter.
Get A Doctor!
Some examples seem incredibly obscure - Sorry I mean VA6E.
One I saw for sale on eBay years ago...
was S1HTE. They must have missed that one...
I've saw N1ERD recently on the M25
Got a pic of a local drainage firm van whose reg was WH05 HAT. Thought that was quite a good one.
For all you ones going on and on about 'ME WANT TA12DIS!!!!111ONELOLZ'
This is NOT an allowed plate format in the GB system. 'I' is reserved for NI plates, and will not be seen on the ABnn CDE format plates. ('Z' is, however, now allowed).
The closest you might get might me 'TA12 DSS' or similar.
Once saw L18NUX for £250, considered it. L1NUX was going for £25k.
They missed one
On an 11 plate Skoda Fabia
WA 11 KER
And yes it had a black screw dot between the 11.
A few years ago I saw a BMW with the plate: M1 NGE.
I would support a ban though and even help compile a list of naughty words - if the money was right (I can't afford too much at the moment).
I was giving my Mother a lift one day and we stopped at the lights behind a big 4x4 with a camouflage paint job and monster truck tyres. "Oh look!", she said. "That car's got a number plate that says big gun." It actually read B16 CUN but I decided not to correct her.
Class number plate I spotted last week was Y2 CUM and SUC 808Y (suck bobby) is another one ive seen!
Surely any gang member that wishes to advertise his membership via his numberplate should be encouraged?
Wouldn't let me have C11NTS, I tried to explain I'm called Clint but they still wouldn't wear it, I mean, it's not as if you could read it any other way....
I want a personalised numberplate
Can't afford one so, instead, I'm going to change my name to RWV 94X
Nuff said I think.
no censor here!
in the enlightened Isle of Man we must be far too innocent, ranging from MAN 1C to MAN 1A, a perennial classic - 8008 MAN, and of course the reverse for the brave. For the down at heel it's gotta be - MAN 61E. I'm sure H1 MAN is out there somewhere, but my personal favourite is one Vicars ride which in these apparent times of strife remains unmolested - MAN 4 60D, every journey has the potential to bring a smile with the creative slanting and spacing, until they are brought back into line by the boys in blue.
Fittingly, being a motorsport heaven we've also got F457 MAN