Custom number plates have long been considered a divisive luxury among the public. While the proud owner of a fancy Porsche driving it around with ‘G33Z3R’ printed on his plates might think he looks the mutts nuts, most passersby will likely be muttering ‘what a prat’ under their breath.
A private number plate is kind of an exercise in tasteful vanity – you want to stand out from the crowd but at the same time you don’t want to look like an utter berk. Generally, the best private plates don’t take themselves too seriously and will ignite a genuine chuckle from onlookers. With that said, it has been reported that creative ‘filth’ has been making its way past censors at the DVLA with numerous drivers managing to get vague coded smut onto their car plates.
If you’re down with modern social media slang, you’ll no doubt understand what ‘WTF’ and ‘FML’ stand for, and apparently so do 70% of British drivers… except the DVLA. In light of countless crass plates slipping through, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency are now enforcing more stringent rules about the use of “any letter or digit combinations” that may allude to sexual, religious or booze related cheek. There’s also been considerable debate as to whether a custom plate affects the resale value of a vehicle but considering the plate can be changed by the next owner, we don’t see it being too much of an issue.
Did you know that the average price of a custom plate in this country is around £387? Have you ever considered paying out a wad of cash just to drive around a daft wee phrase on your car?