HomeMotoring UKDVLA issuing Free Personalised Number Plates….. Jayne Henry April 1, 2015 Motoring UK, Private Number Plates The DVLA have today announced that they will automatically issue free personalised number plates to everyone who’s Birthday is the 29th February. According to one DVLA official, “the government feel that people who were born in a leap year are being discriminated by only being able to celebrate their Birthday once every four years”. February 29 is a date that usually occurs every four years, and is called leap day. This day is added to the calendar in leap years as a corrective measure, because the Earth does not orbit around the sun in precisely 365 days.A person born on February 29 may be called a “leapling” or a “leaper”.In common years, they usually celebrate their birthdays on February 28. In some situations, March 1 is used as the birthday in a non-leap year, since it is the day following February 28. Technically, a leapling will have fewer birthday anniversaries than their age in years. The DVLA will begin contacting “leaper’s” later this month to ask them what number plates they would like. We would be interested in hearing from anyone that is issued a free personalised number plate. We will be reporting more on this story later today.