Every six months new number plates are introduced into circulation with them used to give the car a unique identity and show its age.
But hundreds of new number plate combinations have been banned from entering circulation next week ahead of their release after being deemed inappropriate or offensive.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has banned approximately 300 new number plate combinations to avoid offence.
Any plate ending in ARS or DAM have been named as have NO67 FUN, NO67 END, MU67 GED, DO67 ERR, BA67 TRD and ST67 BBD.
A spokeswoman told AutoExpress that: “There’s nothing scientific about it. It’s all done by taste and if some slip through the net and we get a complaint, we take the feedback on board.”
However, in June the number plate JH11 HAD was spotted in Newport, South Wales, and reported to authorities and subsequently removed from the roads.
Following this discovers a FOI request by BBC Wales revealed that JE** HAD and *J11 HAD were also banned.
A letter by the DVLA stated that: “Such numbers are withheld if they are likely to cause offence or embarrassment to the general population in this country on the grounds of political, racial and religious sensitivities or simply because they are in poor taste when displayed correctly on a number plate.”
Other banned combinations of letters include:
Four-letter combinations: *B** UMS, *G** ODS and *R** APE
Five-letter combinations: AB** USE, AN** GER and BO** SOM
2004 vehicle registrations: A**4 RSE, BO04 ZZY and BL04 JOB
2011 vehicle registrations: BO11 OC*, DR11 GG* and PO11 CE*
Here is a list of plate combiantions that have been previously vetoed by the DVLA over the past few years, compiled by Auto Express:
DO67 GER – BU62 GER – SC12 OTM – PU15 SSY -DR12 UNK
LE61 ESS – BA67 ARD – PA12 EDO – AD13 CTS – HE12 OIN
ST12 OKE – P15 OFF – JE12 KOF – TE12 ROR – ***2 LUT
DO67 SHT – PR15 SON – CR12 PLE – MU12 DER – SH12 HED
***2 PEW – NA12 ZEE – FA61 *** – AS62 OLE – PE12 VRT
NO13 *** – DR12 UGS – TO62 SER – RU13 BUM -FF12 TUS
KO12 AAN – LE12 ZER – OR67 ASM
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.
“We try to identify all combinations that may cause offence, and on the rare occasion where potentially offensive numbers slip through the net, steps are taken to withdraw the number.”