Personalised number plates are fast becoming a familiar sight on Britain’s roads, but did you know just how many rude and naughty combinations have been allowed to slip through the net at the DVLA?
These naughty personalised number plates tend to come in many different forms, from the benignly suggestive DO51 COW, P1 MPP or LA51 DOG, to the downright crude – OO05 LUT, D1 YKE or H1 CNT are just some examples.
The rather suggestive ORG 45M is available from an online dealer at a fist-clenching £150,000, whilst ORG 4N gives a little more relief at £34,995. It should come as no surprise that the “naughty numbers” are the personalised number plates most frequently searched for on the web.
Take Registration Transfers, for example, who allow one of their employees to drive around in a bright yellow Smart car with PEN 15 emblazoned across its number plates. Many would see this as more than just mild suggestion. In fact, the number plate has aroused so much interest that it is now one of the company’s key marketing tools. This cheeky little personalised number plate has been the subject of much mirth, and is quite possibly the most photographed car in Bedfordshire.
Surprisingly, Britain’s most popular daily tabloid refused to print an advert from the company which included the PEN 15 number plate for sale, due to its sexual connotations. However, this very same publication carried an article not two weeks later on a British gentleman’s eighteen-inch appendage. It seems that the concept of double-entendre was lost on such a publication which prefers blatant crassitude to suggestive humour.
Billy and Hanna Smart, of Big Top Circus fame, have owned a couple of naughty number plates of their own. Not so long ago, BS 1 and FU 2 adorned their vehicles. Indeed, Hanna recalls the moment when the Queen rode past Hanna’s car displaying FU 2 in Windsor Great Park. As a wave of embarrassment descended over Hanna, she couldn’t quite tell whether Her Majesty was amused or not!
Whichever way you look at it, these naughty and mischievous personalised number plates [http://www.numberplates.com] certainly turn a few heads!