In anticipation of forthcoming adjustments, the DVLA has taken steps to ban a selection of number plate combinations. The changes are slated to take effect this week.
Commencing September 1, the DVLA will introduce the new 73’ registration plates, constituting one of the two annual releases of number plates. While the ‘23’ number plate was unveiled in March this year, the ‘73’ plates are poised for issuance later this week.
With each release, a considerable number of number plates are introduced into circulation. Consequently, it’s not surprising that certain combinations of characters might inadvertently form or resemble offensive or inappropriate words.
To uphold road decency standards, the DVLA has established a substantial list of banned plates to preclude socially unacceptable plates from entering circulation. In this context, Jon Kirkbright, the sales director at Platehunter, sought insights through a Freedom of Information request from the DVLA, aiming to unveil the roster of banned plates prior to the 73’ release.
Specializing in the trade of buying and selling private number plates, Jon boasts over 11 years of experience in the field. Offering commentary on the exclusive compilation of prohibited number plates, Jon remarked, “The DVLA precludes numerous number plates before every release, often escaping public awareness. Given the biannual release of millions of plates, it’s unsurprising that some combinations might inadvertently spell or nearly spell offensive words. While some instances might be on the borderline, I understand the DVLA’s added caution. Their intention is to safeguard a crucial source of revenue.”
Jon highlights that each six-month cycle of new number plate releases ushers in thousands of popular combinations. He underscores that names consistently rank as the most sought-after plates. Platehunter, under Jon’s stewardship, boasts a collection of over 56 million personalised number plates for sale. Notably, the platform takes pride in being an affordable number plate provider, offering plates from just £39 plus VAT and transfer fees.
For those seeking more information or assistance in purchasing or selling a private number plate, PlateHunter offers resources. Interested individuals can also engage with PlateHunter via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
Here is the full list of ‘73’ number plates banned by the DVLA: