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Byline: WILL HAYWARD Reporter

IF you have spare cash and want your car to stand out, you may decide to splurge on a personalised number plate.

But don't be fooled into thinking you can get any number plate you want - scores of number plates are completely banned.

The decision as to what should and shouldn't be banned is made by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in a meeting convened twice a year, ahead of each bi-annual plate change.

Censors decide which plates should be banned due to their explicit nature or potential to be offensive for political, racial or religious reasons, including anything ending in BNP.

If a would-be banned plate does slip through the net, the DVLA has the power to force it to be removed and then replaced with a new registration.

Plates can be banned regardless of whether they are standard or personalised.

Prohibited plates include "JE55 US", "15 LAM", "OS55 AMA" and "AD13 CTS", along with any plate which could have political connotations like "EU16 OUT", "EU16 GON." A DVLA spokeswoman said: "There's nothing scientific about it, it's all done by taste, and if some slip through and we get a complaint, we take the feedback on board."

The new "18" plates have meant that a whole new range of number plates have been completely banned.

The DVLA does not publish a complete list of banned number plates, but it has revealed some of those banned this year.

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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 11, 2018
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