ROAD BAN Terror car plates outlawed
Posted on November 25, 2008 by Number Plates
Car registrations numbers that may be snapped up by terrorist sympathisers have been BANNED. They are among hundreds of potentially offensive plates spotted by licensing chiefs.
*O 54MA* (Osama), HO57 AGE (Hostage), BU58 OMB (Bus bomb), MA56 ACA (massacre), and HE58 OLA (Hezbollah) will not be issued by the DVLA. Anything including JEHAD or HAMAS is also out.
Other plates on a black list drawn up by a secret panel are thought provocative on religious grounds or likely to spark racial hatred.
They include MO56 LEM (Moselm), anything with the letters KORAN or JESUS, GA55 OVN (gas oven) and GO05 TEP (goosestep). Plates like BO04 ZYY (Boozy) are banned to discourage drink-driving. And sex is a no-no.
A spokesman for the Swansea based DVLA said: “Every number is checked to ensure it doesn’t cause offence.”
Lib Dem transport spokesman Norman Baker, who obtained the list under Freedom of Information laws, said: “Some combinations would be deeply offensive. But it’s over the top to ban words about booze and sex. It’s a bit nanny state”.
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