P15 OFF: The UK Number Plates too Offensive to Own in 2015

By Gary Cutlack on at

The tax-chasers at the DVLA have put down their pens for their yearly moment of light relief, compiling a new list of number plates deemed too rude, too political or too possibly-open-to-misinterpretation-by-religious-extremists for mass consumption.

This year's outtakes list of banned number plates held back from distribution features some bizarre letter and number combinations, including the amazing VA61ANA, the possibly a bit rude SH15 TTY, the religious undertones of JE55US and the slightly vague by possibly rude to someone UP15 BUM.

The full list also includes 15LAM, a word which a Guardian reader whose name is Islam claims was rejected for being in appropriate. Islam explained: "I made an inquiry to the DVLA about the possibility of obtaining '15LAM', only to be told that this was an inappropriate licence plate. I'm not particularly religious, but I am proud of my name. I was thinking of buying the plate as a gift for my brother. To be told that my name is offensive is really upsetting."

There's some good news for childish men of a certain age with enough money to blow on a custom number plate (paging Mr Clarkson), as PEN15 has, for some reason, been allowed through the North Korea-style DVLA processing board. [Standard]