Have you seen QPR play? Quite right too.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has swooped to protect Britain from mechanised filth peddlers who it suspects will exploit the new "57" number plates to mount a terrifying campaign of highway ribaldry. The new plates will allow drivers to spell "ST" or "SY", opening the floodgates to a torrent of eye-watering …
On the one hand they keep saying that the incorrect arrangement of the digits is illegal, and of course if no-one ever did this then a lot of the numbers sold would be worthless.
But of course they can make a lot of money from selling such plates, so give themselves immunity from prosecution. If the number issuing agnecy was a private business then I'm damn sure they'd have been prosecuted for actively encouraging people to break the law by sellling numbers that only make sense if you use incorreclty laid out formatting.
So 'bad is bad' unless HMG can make money from it !
My mother drives a Daewoo Matiz. She was thinking of trading it in for a newer example of the same model. But the Daewoo badge has been retired, so her new Matiz this Autumn will be a 57 Chevrolet!
I personally think the best new-style number plate will appear in six and a half years' time. Somewhere up in the Newcastle area, a plate will be issued reading "NE14ABJ" !
I imagine some wanker at the DVLA is burning up our money spent on his salary whilst he spends the day searching for numberplates that might cause offence to wierdo's who think that "57" somehow spells "ST".
I imagine anyone who takes offence to this kind of thing probably takes offence to everyday words thinking "If I change that 4 to an S" it says shithead! OMG what an offence.
A mate of mine bought a new scooter a few years back, and was given a choice of number plates. He eventually decided on BU51 TOJ (Busy Todge).
Mind you, the job we had at the time seemed to involve 10% coding, 40% insulting each other and everyone else, and 50% finding an innuendo in any statement made...
> But of course they can make a lot of money from selling such plates, so give themselves immunity from prosecution.
Immumity from prosecution for doing what, exactly...? They aren't committing any offences by selling these...
> If the number issuing agnecy was a private business ...
Errrrmmmm... actually, technically, it is (it's the DVLA, "A" = "Agency").
> ... then I'm damn sure they'd have been prosecuted for actively encouraging people to break the law...
No, they wouldn't... they're not "aiding, abetting, counselling, or procuring" the summary offence of failing to correctly display the Vehicle Registration Mark (VRM) because they only sell the entitlement to *use* the mark - the spacing on the plates is the responsibility of the person driving the car on a road at the time. By the way, it's a fixed penalty offence, and repeat offenders displaying the VRM with incorrect spacing can have the entitlement to use that VRM withdrawn by DVLA, with *no* right of appeal or financial reimbursement whatsoever.
So, if someone else is using your favourite VRM, and you want it, encourage them to space it incorrectly, then rat on them to the DVLA, preferably enclosing a photo of the heinous offender with aforementioned offending VRM... :-)
Happily, here in the land of the free, things are so much easier - in my state of residence the Dept of Motor Vehicles kindly provides an internet-based service to allow you to choose your "vanity plate" - any combination of up to 6 numbers/letters. The system tells you if your requested combination is permissible - via this system I have established that the following licence plates are available for issue: WANKER, TOSSER, SOD OFF, UP YRS, SOD YOU and FAT GIT. BUGGER has already been issued.
The agony of choice!
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If this post seems to be complete gibberish then i think i have made my point loud and clear.