Following on from yesterday's article about Nanny's Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) setting up a Diversity Awareness Unit, it seems that our good friends in the DVLA have also been worrying about our moral well being as well as our diversity.
Nanny's trolls in the DVLA have banned thousands of number plates, because they're too rude.
The DVLA has drawn up a blacklist (hasn't Nanny banned that word?) which includes registration numbers such as AA55HOL (asshole) and D055ERR (dosser).
Small point here, personalised plates are part of the "free market" whereby we as consumers can buy and sell what we want.
Quite Why Nanny chooses to interfere in the workings of the free market I have no idea.
Anyhoo, plates such as M1 BUM (my bum) and HO03 KER are also banned.
In addition to "rude" words, the ban covers plates with religious connotations such as JE55USS or references to terrorism such as HA06MAS (Palestinian group Hamas) and registrations which could be traded by far right groups like AU55WTZ (Auschwitz) and GO05TEP (goosestep).
H8 GAY was withdrawn last month, because it can be read as "hate gay". Even number plates from the 1930's such as AR53 are being withdrawn.
The DVLA said:
"We'll withhold any plate that causes offence or embarrassment."
Who decides what is offensive then Nanny?
Small point, why is it I can go out and have a T shirt printed with any of the above and walk around the street wearing it (maybe I get a sound kicking, but that is my choice); yet I am not allowed to put it on my car?
Nanny doesn't get this freedom of speech thing does she?