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DVLA put DEATH on road!

A macabre car licence plate which says death in Gaelic will soon be on the road.

Superstitious Scots had the "BAS" prefix banned 40 years ago.

But now the DVLA have done a U-turn and hope to get more than pounds 15,000 for the plate, BAS 1L.

Their marketing manager, Byron Roberts, said yesterday: "We are satisfied it won't cause offence or compromise our position with regard to road safety."

"BAS" was originally meant to be introduced for Nairnshire in the 50s.

But the move caused an outcry and Gaelic speakers wrote to the Govern- ment, calling for a ban.

The An Comunn Gaidhealach group claimed the prefix would make a mockery of a "Keep death off the roads" campaign.

And the then Transport Minister, Ernest Marples, agreed to suppress rogue registrations.

But the DVLA reckon BAS 1L will be snapped up at the London auction next month.

"There has been a lot of interest in it," added spokesman Roberts.

Other unique numbers going under the hammer include P1 ANO, N1 GEL, P1 MMS and P1 NKY.

The DVLA have been selling personal reg plates for seven years, earning more than pounds 240million.
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Author:Dow, Bob
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 27, 1996
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