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PRIVATE PLATES LINKED TO COVID-19 BANNED BY DVLA

The Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA) has moved to ban the availability of Covid-19-related personalised number plates over fears they could be deemed offensive.

The government department has blocked the creation and sale of registrations with any coronavirus references, claiming they could cause offence, embarrassment and are in poor taste for those who have lost loved ones during the pandemic.

But while Covid-hinting number plates are being outlawed, registrations with references to the NHS and health care services will remain available – and prices of these have recently spiked as Britons have looked to salute frontline workers in the last 12 months.

The DVLA takes the list of unsuitable number plates available to consumers more seriously than you might think.

Rather than using a computer algorithm to pick out the offensive combinations of letters and numbers, senior members from the DVLA have a bi-annual meeting at their base in Swansea to choose those it wants to remove from sale for being too rude.

The team of experts examines any potentially offensive meanings that can be created using the latest registration number and painstakingly tries to stop anything that could be deemed insulting being available.

It means the eagle-eyed team of experts now need to block any potential coronavirus references from going on sale.

A DVLA spokesman told This is Money last year: ‘The vast majority of registration numbers are made available but the agency holds back any combinations that may cause offence, embarrassment, or are in poor taste.

‘Many people enjoy displaying a personalised registration number and there are over 50 million registrations available on our website with almost endless possibilities of combinations to suit a person’s taste, interests and budget.’ 

The removal of Covid-19-relating plates is the first case of registration numbers linked to a health crisis being banned in the UK.

However, other nations have already taken measures to outlaw them, with Australia banning Covid-related registrations last year after a grey BMW 5 Series with a plate reading ‘COVID 19’ was spotted at Adelaide Airport in February 2020 and the plate later listed on a re-sale website soon at the height of the pandemic. 

With the number plate listed with ‘all reasonable offers considered’, state transport officials acted swiftly to ban ‘Covid-19’ from being put on private registrations.

In news confirmed to the Sunday Telegraph, the DVLA has said it will now ‘suppress’ registrations of Covid-referencing plates in the UK.

This includes the likes of ‘COV 1D’, ‘COV 11D’ and ‘COV 111D’.

A DVLA spokesman told the Sunday paper: ‘We suppress any registration number combinations that may cause offence, embarrassment or are in poor taste. 

‘This includes combinations that could be interpreted as referring to Covid-19.’

Personalised number plates are available to the public for anything between £150 to over £200,000, with the most sought-after combinations of letters and numbers auctioned off by the DVLA each year.

According to the Sunday Telegraph, NHS plates have been growing in popularity since the virus hit, with one selling last year for a staggering £120,000 on an online auction.

One plate with the combination ‘WHO5 NHS’ is currently on the market for £11,000, having increased in value in the last year, it said.

The DVLA has been selling personalised number plates to drivers and businesses since 1989.

A key attraction is that a plate can stay with an owner forever – and be transferred to any new car driven. The transfer fee is £80 and can be done online using the DVLA website.

If a plate is not going to be put on to a car, a buyer must fill in a V750 certificate of entitlement or a V778 certificate of retention. They pay £80 – and must re-register if the plate has not been used after ten years.

Failure to properly register the car number means a registration plate can fall back into DVLA ownership.

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NEW NUMBER PLATES FOR MANCHESTER UNITED FANS

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2020 LIST OF RUDE NUMBER PLATES BANNED BY DVLA

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) have revealed the number plates they have had to ban on 2020 for being to rude.

The latest round of rude number plates banned from the road has been revealed as the new 20 and 70 number plates are introduced – and a warning, this article may include number plates of a sexual nature.

Many people enjoy having personalised plates as it allows the opportunity to express your personality through your car – however, government staff have to ensure that no offensive plates make it to the roads.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) targets number and letter sequences that appear to reference drugs, swear words, racial slurs, or other offensive terminology.

A DVLA spokesperson said: “The vast majority of registration numbers are available but the agency holds back any combinations that may cause offence, embarrassment, or are in poor taste.

“Many people enjoy displaying a personalised registration number and there are over 50 million registrations available on our website, with almost endless possibilities of combinations to suit a person’s taste, interests and budget.”

The DVLA hosts meetings twice a year to specifically identify potentially offensive number plates.

It’s not a computer that decides what is and is not acceptable, but instead a team of experts who check over every potential combination of letters and numbers to ensure that nothing slips through the cracks and onto the road.

The number of plates this year isn’t quite as extensive as last year, when the easily abused number 69 was launched.

A number of drivers managed to bag plates last year like ME69 LOL, ME69 GAG and BG69 WLY.

Banned number plates

These are 20 of the most shocking banned vehicle registrations numbers for the new 20 and 70 registration ranges, as released by the DVLA under Freedom of Information:

  • *A20 NAL
  • *A20 RSE
  • *C20 CK
  • *F20 OFF
  • BJ20 BOY
  • FF20 CKR
  • PE20 RVT
  • PR02 ZZY
  • SL20 AGG
  • WH20 RES
  • GA20 NJA
  • *B70 JOB
  • VA70 GNA
  • TT70 WNK
  • BA70 TRD
  • BU70 GGR
  • DR70 UGS
  • HE70 OIN
  • HO70 KER
  • SO70 TUM

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£7M FOR A NUMBER PLATE ? HERE IS THE RICH LIST

There has been a surge in demand for personalised car number plates during the pandemic – turning many of them into shrewd investments.

The increase in sales has helped the value of the most sought-after plates rise in price, creating a multi-million pound industry where they can change hands for anything from £150 to £200,000 – or more.

Russell Palmer is a director at plate trader CarReg. He says: ‘With so many people forced to work from home, there has been a boom in business – with people discovering that personalised number plates can prove shrewd investments. Thanks to regular online auctions and sales, there is no need for buyers to step out their front door.’

Jack is a Christian name that has been popular among new parents in recent years. A registration plate ‘JAC 1K’ that sold for £8,700 in 2008 could now sell for as much as £50,000, according to Palmer.

Registration plate ‘MEG 4N’ went for £12,500 in 2003. But following the marriage of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry, it has since been valued at £45,000.

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The Most Expensive Number Plates In The World

  1. D 5

    Price: 33 Million AED, equivalent to £7,324,207

    Date: 08/10/2018

    Location: Dubai, UAE

  2. 1

    Price: 52.2 Million AED, equivalent to £7,250,000

    Date: 17/02/2018

    Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE

  3. 0 9

    Price: 25 Million AED, equivalent to £4,363,000

    Date: 07/07/2015 Location: Dubai, UAE

  4. 5

    Price: 25.2 Million AED, equivalent to £3,500,000

    Date: 01//02/2007

    Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE

  5. 7

    Price: 16.8 Million AED, equivalent to £3,000,000

    Date: 20/02/2010

    Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE

  6. 9

    Price: 15.4 Million AED, equivalent to £2,153,846

    Date: 10/05/2008

    Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE

  7. 2

    Price: 10 Million AED, equivalent to £2,061,850

    Date: 18/11/2017

    Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE

  8. 28

    Price: 18.1 Million KHD, equivalent to £1,616,000

    Date: 02/02/2016

    Location: Hong Kong

  9. 18 Price: 16.5 Million HKD, equivalent to £1,513,372

    Date: 23/02/2008

    Location: Hong Kong

  10. NSW 4

    Price: 2.4 Million AUD, equivalent to £1,500,000

    Date: 28/08/2017

    Location: New South Wales, Australia

The Top Ten Most Expensive Number Plates in The UK

  1. 25 O

    Price: £400,000

    Date: November 2014

    This very expensive number plate was purchased by a Mr John Collins, a classic car dealer who also purchased 250 L at the same DVLA auction back in 2014. After fees he spent a cool £650,000 at that one auction. Now that’s an expensive day out!

  2. 1 D

    Price: £285,000

    Date: March 2009

    Business Tycoon Nabil Bishara won the number plate at a DVLA auction, coming out on top in an incredible bidding war to pop the very expensive number plate on his wife’s Bentley. Apparently, a bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates just wouldn’t suffice.

  3. 51 NGH

    Price: £201,000

    Date: April 2006

    Unsurprisingly purchased by a Mr Singh, 51 NGH broke records when it was auctioned off in 2006, becoming the most expensive plate ever to be sold at a DVLA auction. Singh is an incredibly popular surname in the Sikh community, so it kinda makes sense why someone would drop over a quarter of a million pounds on a very expensive number plate. Kind of.

  4. 1 RH

    Price: £196,000

    Date: November 2008

    This one is a bit mysterious for an expensive number plate, as there is no public knowledge about who actually purchased it. Which is quite strange as when somebody spends a couple of hundred grand on a number plate, it tends to hit the news. It is however back up for sale with a price tag ranging between £300,000 and £400,000, depending on where you look.

  5. K1 NGS

    Price: £185,000

    Date: December 1993

    Being a K suffix plate, K1 NGS was released in 1992, and quickly put up for sale in 1993. Expensive number plate legend has it that it was purchased by an Arab Sultan back in the 90s, and it remains on a presumably royal vehicle today.

  6. KR15 HNA

    Price: £180,000

    Date: May 2015

    Krishna is a Hindy deity, and what better way to show your love for a god than with a personalised number plate? Well that’s what the anonymous London-based Indian heritage businesswoman thought when she shelled out over £200,000 after fees on a very expensive number plate indeed. This one unsurprisingly broke records back in 2015 and was purchased at a DVLA auction live in the flesh by the mysterious woman.

  7. 1 O

    Price: £170,000

    Date: January 2009

    Tom Earle purchased 1 O at a DVLA auction back in 2009, shelling out over £200,000 for the pleasure. At the time of purchase, it was the third most expensive number plate the UK has ever produced, but as values increase so much it is down to a lowly 7th. It is unknown as to why Tom Earle was able to not only afford this plate but why he wanted it, as judging by the photo of him holding his beloved plate, he looks about 18 years old.

  8. 1 A

    Price: £160,000

    Date: December 1989

    Now, bear with us on this, but 1 A being sold for £160,000 is actually incredibly cheap, considering it is the exact mirror of the legendary A 1, said to be worth at least £10 million in today’s market. While it was purchased in 1989, this is still an incredibly small amount for what would be one of the world’s most expensive plates if it were up for sale. Which unfortunately, it isn’t.

  9. 1 OO

    Price: £156,000

    Date: April 2006

    Either a massive toilet fan or a fan of the number 100, the buyer of 1 OO is unknown. What is known, however, is that it was sold at a DVLA auction in April 2006. And that’s about all we know about this one!

  10. 2 O

    Price: £115,000

    Date: March 2009

    And finally, 2 O, again we know little about the purchaser of this plate as they have remained anonymous. We do know that in March 2009 it went for £115,000 at a DVLA auction and has remained out of circulation since then.

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DVLA BAN CARBON AND 3D SHADED TEXT ON NUMBER PLATES

What are Legal Registration Plates? DVLA have now banned “Carbon” look and 3D shaded lettering from new number plates. I assume some ANPR systems are missing registering the letters. Presumably cars with these plates will now fail their MOT next time round just like the people with mis spaced lettering on plates.

Drivers with non-compliant number plates risk failing their vehicle’s MOT and can be fined up to £1,000 by the police?!

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  • It is a legal requirement for UK number plates to display the vehicle registration in a black “Charles Wright” typeface.
  • It is a legal requirement for UK number plates to only have one space in the registration at the correct position as printed in the vehicle’s DVLA paperwork.
  • It is a legal requirement for UK number plates to, if printed on the plate, show only one of several permitted side badges.

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GREEN NUMBER PLATES GO LIVE DECEMBER 2020

These new plates can be fitted to new or existing zero-emission vehicles from 8 December 2020. This has been confirmed by the Department for Transport and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

The front and rear number plates will carry a green strip on the left-hand side to make it easier to identify 100 percent zero-emission vehicles. This should assist local authorities when rolling out zero-emission zones and free parking for electric cars.

The government and DVLA first floated the idea in 2018, following similar schemes in Norway, Canada and China. The aim is to encourage the uptake of cleaner vehicles, as the country prepares for the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: “A green recovery is key to helping us achieve our net zero carbon commitments while also promoting economic growth.

“Green number plates could unlock a number of incentives for drivers and increase awareness of cleaner vehicles on our roads, showing people that a greener transport future is within our grasp.

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GOVERNMENT TO CRACK DOWN ON ILLEGAL NUMBER PLATES

The Government and DVLA is set to launch a crackdown on dodgy number plates after a surveillance expert warned that criminal gangs are exploiting a “lawless” market to clone vehicles and avoid police detection.

The Home Office has said that it is looking into the issue of fake plates being issued by shady overseas firms after surveillance camera commissioner Tony Porter said innocent motorists were suffering due to the ungoverned “wild west” environment around number plates.

Mr Porter, a former police chief, has submitted a report to the Home Office warning that there are up to 40,000 outlets selling number plates, many of which boast about not requiring proof of car ownership.

Companies issuing new registration plates in the UK are legally required to check ownership documents to confirm a customer has a right to use the registration mark. However, companies based overseas are exempt from this law and offer “show plates” without requiring any proof of ownership.

Cloned number plates are often used by criminals to disguise a car’s true identity, either to hide the fact it is stolen or to avoid paying traffic fines generated by camera systems. Their actions can result in innocent motorists being chased for offences they didn’t commit or unwittingly buying a stolen vehicle.

There were 6,734 reports of cloned plates in 2018-19 but Mr Porter told the Telegraph that this was the “tip of the iceberg”. He warned that with the growing use of automatic number plate recognition cameras to enforce fines and low-emissions zone charges the use of cloning to hide a car’s true identity would only increase.

He said: “We have to look at what motivates people to clone a vehicle. It could be serious and organised crime. Penalty charges for low emission zones of £12.50 may prompt people to consider cloning or defacing their plates, which are the ‘fingerprints’ of the ANPR technology.

“We need a much stricter regime with tougher sanctions for deploying licences that are not fit for purpose, certification to demonstrate they are fit for purpose much like what happens across the rest of Europe.”

Currently drivers caught using a cloned plate only face a fine of £100 while firms selling them from outwith the UK can dodge the potential £5,000 fine issued to UK companies.

A Home Office spokesman told the Telegraph: “The cloning and defacing of number plates affects road safety and provides cover for criminals and we are working with the police to bear down on these crimes. We welcome this report and are carefully considering its recommendations.”

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PRIVATE NUMBER PLATES: WHAT IS THE MOST POPULAR REG PLATE

Number plates can be secure for as little as £150 while rare and highly sought after designs can be valued in the hundreds of thousands. New research  has revealed that “BOSS” is the most popular term to have on a personalised plate with 28,427 motorists searching last year alone. Over a four year period, a staggering 80,256 drivers had enquired about a number plate including the word “BOSS”.

A previous survey from the DVLA revealed that just six percent of road users would buy a plate for their business.

However, the fresh analysis shows that more businessmen may now be searching for the designs as a way to stand out on the roads.

The research highlighted that “Boy” was the second most popular number plate design.

Over 10,000 road users searched for the simple phrase as car brands “BMW” and “Jag” recorded over 8,000 and 7,500 searches each to become the third and fourth most popular designs.

“Dad” was the fifth-highest with 7,129 searches over the past year while football fans took over the sixth spot.

Premier League champions Liverpool were popular among road users with over 5,600 searches for “LFC” designs.

James Bond abbreviation “007” was the ninth most popular design among road users with over 2,600 searches.

Other unique designs included “XXX” with over 2,000s searches and “KFC” with a total of 1,593 road users showing some interest.

In a shocking revelation, over 1,300 drivers had enquired about a coronavirus design number plate to mark the pandemic.

Newcastle was revealed as the most popular area in the UK for drivers searching for personalised designs.

Nottingham was the second most popular region for unique designs with over 4,900 searches per 100,000 vehicles.

Manchester residents were also found to embrace unique designs with almost 3,500 searches per 100,000 owners over the past four years.

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