This Sunday sees the latest changeover in registration marks in the UK and the potential for those with a dirty mind to read rude things into new plates.
Following the standard DVLA formula, all cars registered from September 1 will carry the 69 year marker – 9 to mark the year 2019 and 6 to represent the second half of the year.
The sexually suggestive index offers plenty of scope to read smutty things in new registration plates but there are already plenty of far more explicit numbers out there.
As part of research into reactions to the new 69 plates, Carwow tracked down some of the rudest registrations on sale right now, with prices ranging from less than £5,000 to a staggering £150,000.
That makes the ORG 45M plate a very expensive rude joke, although it’s still some way off the most expensive number plates in the country.
The DVLA has a policy of withholding certain registrations if the combination of numbers and letters are thought to be in poor taste or likely to cause embarrassment or offence.
However, some older plates clearly pre-date the policy, with the 1988/89 registration F4 NYS still on the market for £4,495 and the even older SHA 66R from 1976/77 advertised for £4,490 on an online registration sale site.
Naughty number plates
The research also found that the 69 plates polarised opinion. While a fifth of those questioned said it would put them off purchasing a car until the next plate change in March 2020, a third said it would actively encourage them to consider buying a new car.
It also uncovered stark geographical differences, with drivers in the north-west most likely to choose something controversial. Two-thirds of drivers in the region who had bought a personalised number plate said they had deliberately chosen a cheeky or controversial one. Those in the south-west were next most likely to go for something saucy – at 55 per cent.
But motorists in the north-east were less amused by rude registrations, with only one in five opting for something suggestive.
Mat Watson, motoring expert at Carwow, commented: “Drivers are always looking at ways to personalise their car, with modern drivers now more than ever seeing it as an extension of who they are and a reflection of their status, so it’s no surprise to see how many vanity plates are on the road. Our research shows that the ‘69’ registration plates have inspired the cheekier motorists amongst us into thinking it might be time to invest in new wheels.
“Considering there are strict guidelines around what number plate combinations are and aren’t approved, with swear words and saucy acts all previously banned by the DVLA, some of the plates you can get away with are quite surprising providing you’re willing to be creative, and the new numbers certainly give drivers something to work with.”