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Go EA57, DVLA Number Plate Censors!

July 31, 2007
Posted in DVLA,Number Plate News — Written by Nationla Numbers

S and T come with some cloutDVLA are causing a scandal again with their latest manoeuvre – censoring of the new 57 plates.

I hear cries of “what’s in a number?” – when it comes to value and variety; surely 57’s got the flavour? OK, well maybe people don’t want to report their fondness for national gastronomic favourite, Heinz, in their personalised number plate. But just what is so strong about 57, DVLA?

Well, the strength of the combo lies in that it can be used to spell ST and SY. And how strong these words are. Take the popular game, Scrabble, where, due to their ability to make numerous words, S and T score but 1, and Y earns players’ 4 points; they’re strong, all right.

Admittedly, a couple of the plates that have been pulled by the Government agency do have a certain stigma attached: BA57 ARD (bastard) and TE57 CLE (testicle) are mildly offensive to anybody; EC57 ASY (ecstasy), MY57 ASH (my stash) and H057 AGE (hostage) are what could be considered touchy.

But what happened to cutting loose and allowing just a little bit of numeric horseplay?

Also ripped from the reg list was EA57 GAL (easy gal), which could have been taken with some light humour. Given the DVLA’s track record for smut, I’m sure with this plate – they ought to have gone easy, themselves.

Looking for some terribly naughty 57 number plates?
LO57 BET (lost bet)
EX57 ASY (ecstasy)
FA57 LAY (fast lay)
FA57 LUV (fast love)
HA57 NOB (you decide)

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A Victory For Common Sense: The Vehicle Registration Marks Act 2007

July 30, 2007
Posted in DVLA — Written by Nationla Numbers

The new Vehicle Registration Marks Act 2007 simplifies the transferral of registration numbersThis new private members’ Act was passed to become law on Thursday 19th July 2007. It seeks to simplify the process of transferring registrations between buyers and sellers, and create a safer process that reduces the potential for fraud.

Richard Ottoway, the Conservative MP for Croydon South, introduced the Act – which has received support from both influential motoring bodies and the UK Government, with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and the Cherished Numbers Dealer Association (CNDA – part of the Retail Motor Industry Federation) rallying to push the bill through to law.

The Police are also backing the new regime for its potential to curtail crime against registration plate buyers: the old system made it possible for a seller to take a buyer’s money without providing the plate or the plate’s documentation.

But now, the registered keeper of a vehicle can apply to retain the registration mark separately from the vehicle, and the owner is warranted the right to use the mark on another vehicle for up to 12 months.

A further extension may be possible until such time as the mark is assigned to a vehicle.

Robert Wicken, chairman at the CNDA said:

“Now the Act has passed into law, consumers and cherished number dealers will get a process that provides more choice and flexibility.”

This is really exciting news for all those involved in buying and selling car number plates. Instead of a registration mark having to go on to a retention certificate in the name of the seller (with the buyer’s name as nominee only and, thus, having no legal rights), the certificate can now go straight into the buyer’s name at the time of the retention application.

This is much safer and fairer system all round, with no chance of the seller reneging on the deal and applying for a duplicate certificate. It puts the buyer much more in control, with all reminders from DVLA coming straight to the buyer.

Absolutely brilliant – plus a victory for common sense!

More information:
Retail Motor Industry Federation
Read the Act:
Vehicle Registration Marks Act 2007

Looking for cherished numbers?
Bill Number Plates
Law Number Plates
Act Number Plates

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Personalised Number Plates: A Fine Formula

July 20, 2007
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by Nationla Numbers

Number Plate FormulaThe Seattle Times’ Top 20 most read news stories has placed a story about a number plate as the fifth most read online article for 2005.

Why all the fuss about a personalised number plate? Well, the registration mirrored the formula used by chemists for identifying common narcotics.

The plate, C9H13N – a label for chemicals such as meths – was first seen on a black Audi, cruising around the streets of Seattle. Because of the chances of the general public knowing that the plate contains a reference to drugs, and because the formula also applies to compounds used in legal medicines such as amphetamine, the owner had so far managed to avoid legal action and revocation of the plate – successfully bypassing the US Department of Licensing state regulations.

These stringent guidelines govern the granting of vanity applications, clearly stating that the application will be rejected if it relates to alcohol or illegal activities or substances.

I wonder if our very own DVLA would have spotted this? To be fair, it’s an obscure case.

“It’s pretty easy for something like this to slip through”

said a spokesman for the department.

“With a series of letters and numbers, if you’re not a chemist it doesn’t ring a bell.”

Either way, it shows just how personalised, and how popular, number plates have become.

It’s fun to speculate on the type of owner of this plate: a fast, downtown drug dealer with a wad of cash, or a modest chemist paying homage to a popular class of compounds?

Either way, if he were to emigrate here to the UK, he could be sure of finding his perfect formula for a UK number plate using our number plate search. Here are some suggestions for personalised number plates of a chemical variety:

K155 LSD


Happy Birthday Ali!

Posted in Nationla Numbers News — Written by Nationla Numbers

ssssssssssAli is our resident thrill seeker here at Nationla Numbers. No, he isn’t a stunt racing driver or anything like that (although he does have a class set of wheels). In fact, his thrills have nothing to do with cars (and you could be excused from expecting this from a Nationla Numbers employee!) No, when it comes to being a first class dare devil; Ali excels in the field of STRANGE PETS.

Such is the extent of his interest that he regularly terrorises the office dollies with tales of his ever expanding collection of rare, and potentially fatal, serpents and amphibians – he even has his very own brood of eggs waiting to hatch soon (that’s snakes, not chucks, by the way).

And as it’s Ali’s 21st birthday today, he deserves an extra large pat on the back, not just to mark the occasion, but for making it to the ripe old age of twenty-one without yet having received a fatal strike from one of these beautiful, but deadly, familiars. Nice one Ali!

Plates for Snakes

Sounds like snake: 87 AKE
Sounds like hiss: H1 SSF
Looks like asp: K155 ASP
And my favourite, simply: SS55 SSS

If you love Animal and Pet Number Plates, check out our selection online!

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Happy Anniversary Sue and Eric!

Posted in Nationla Numbers News — Written by Nationla Numbers

Sue and Eric are out of the office this weekend celebrating their Ruby Wedding Anniversary in Paris. Here’s to forty happy years together!

Two Plates Just For You

To many happy years: T40 MHY
Looks like Ruby: R15 UBY

SN07 Good: DVLA Get Picky Over Plates

July 16, 2007
Posted in DVLA,Number Plate News — Written by Nationla Numbers

DVLA gets snotty over SN07Scottish number plate prefix SN has been hastily replaced with TN in Edinburgh because DVLA officials have deemed the prefix too “offensive”.

The DVLA has already released SN05 and SN06, so why the change of heart with 07?

Well, the plates clearly look far too much like snot.

There has been a general outcry of “bureaucracy gone mad” amongst dealers who are used to, and indeed, make a living from, seeking out new and interesting name and number combinations; and it has to be said that this sort of censorship in itself can cause more offence than it intends to contain. Surely nobody would sniff at such innocuous word?

Not according the DVLA:

“It is our policy that any registration mark that can be construed as being offensive to people will be suppressed. In this case, the SN07 marks would have been too similar to the word ‘snot’ and, as that could possibly offend some buyers, they were replaced with new TN07 registrations.”

And how disappointing it must be for Edinburgh residents who can no longer sport patriotic plates on their 07 vehicles, as the rest of Scotland do.

Quoting an article in the Edinburgh News, Tim Shalcross, spokesman for the British Institute of Advanced Motorists, said:

“I think a lot of people would have been very keen to have those plates. I don’t think its particularly blatant word either. After all, the registration is SN07 – which is very different to SNOT. The DVLA obviously have too much time on their hands.”

Here are some plates you can’t turn your nose up at:

SCOT number plates
DVLA number plates

542 NOT


Happy Birthday Yee!

July 13, 2007
Posted in Nationla Numbers News — Written by Nationla Numbers

We love birthday celebrations here at Nationla Numbers: we get to take a five minute break from hunting down perfect registration numbers to kick back, and eat cakes.

One of our newest members of staff, Yee Ling, is celebrating her 20th birthday today. Yee’s name has been the source of much banter here in the office: “Happy Birthday to Yee” has been very popular this morning.

Even with a name as rare as Yee, our number plate search is still capable of coming up with plenty of suggestions for personalised registrations.

So happy Birthday Yee! Here are some plates just for you!

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Interview with Derek Clements – Seller of Cherished Reg Plates CEO 1 and CEO 2

July 11, 2007
Posted in Uncategorized — Written by Nationla Numbers

Derek Clements with CEO 1 and CEO 2Well, the bidding on the number plates CEO 1 and CEO 2 has finally closed. CEO 1 sold for a whopping lb154,100.01. The bidding on CEO 2 ended on lb10,000 (its reserve was not met).

For those who are new to the story, we’ve been closely watching the bidding on Derek Clements’ cherished registrations CEO 1 and CEO 2.

Nationla Numbers’ Chairman, Eric Craggs, got the chance to catch up with Derek whilst taking a short break in Cumbria (which, co-incidentally, also happens to be the home of CEO 1 and CEO 2: the numbers were first registered there).

In fact, Derek and Eric get on famously, not in the least down to their shared interest in classic cars and cherished numbers.

Derek has been interested in classic cars and classic car restoration since 16 years of age. He has spent most of his adult life reviving and refurbishing old and jaded classic cars to their former glory.

A classic E–Type JaguarLeaving school in 1961 at 16 years old, he saw his first E–type Jaguar Series I and said, “one day I’ll own one of those!”

By 1966, at the tender age of 21 years, Derek had bought his first E–type Jaguar for lb750. Although he couldn’t afford car insurance, he didn’t let this curb his enthusiasm to drive, and so the car was insured in his father’s name.

Despite insurance woes, this was a fantastic era to be 21 years old. Take the widespread national pride over England’s World Cup glory, and mix it with the image and excitement generated by sensuously–styled classic car that most 21 year olds could only dream of, and you surely have a perfect James Bond–esque dream lifestyle!

Sadly, the dream had to end, and Derek sold the car a few years later for lb500: a small loss for such prestige!

Mr. Clements’ connection with Jaguar actually runs far deeper than his first car: his aunt is Mrs Emily Baily whose husband Claude Baily was a chief engine designer for Jaguar in the fifties. Baily was instrumental in the design of the four-cam racing engine that powered the Jaguar XJ13 and he and another designer were jointly responsible for the XK and the V12 engine.

But what happened to Derek’s first love, his E–type? Well, the car was exported to Australia, but happily, he has since received letters from its owner, who is taking good care of her, and making the most of her elegance by exhibiting her in competitions.

A classic MGB carDespite a brief diversion into restoring the classic MGB, Derek was soon lured back to the E–type and other Jaguar cars, and quickly built a profitable and rewarding career based on his favourite hobby.

One of Derek’s best deals was buying a Roadster for lb3,000, which he restored, and sold for lb30,000.

More recently, Derek bought five cars of elite prestige, including a Jaguar XK120, from a local dealer. One of the cars, an Aston Martin DB6, had the cherished number CEO 1 on it. He sold the car and transferred the plate to one of his E–type Jaguars. As part of the same deal came a Ferrari Daytona on which CEO 2 was registered. The dealer had already sold the car but Mr. Clements bought the plate on a retention certificate.

The online auction has ended for CEO 1 and CEO 2, and so too has this particular chapter in Derek Clements’ life. But I doubt that his love of the classic Jaguar E–type or of cherished registrations will ever die.

If you have an interest in the cars mentioned here, check out the E–type Club or the MGB Enthusiasts Group, or our Number Plate Story GTY 7, a tale about the cherished number GTY 7 that was proudly displayed on Phillip Walton’s Jaguar MK 2 at the Monte Carlo Rally.

If your love lies with cherished numbers, how about these classic car themed suggestions?

Sounds like Bond, James Bond: C8 OND or B1 OND
Sounds like MG: 4 MG or K155 MGB
E–Type: ETY 9E or E10 JAG


Number Plate Criminals Screwed by New Technology

July 9, 2007
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by Nationla Numbers

Free number plate screws: new partnership hopes to reduce number plate theftA partnership recently formed in Oxford has the intention of curbing surging numbers of car number plate thefts through the use of new anti–theft screws.

The partnership, formed a year ago by Oxford council and the Oxford Safer Communities Partnership, was launched following an increase in number plate theft incidents. This new scheme, involving the free of charge screws, will run over the coming summer months.

What makes the screws different to regular number plate screws, is that they are impossible to remove without breaking the number plate. Successful pilot schemes previously run in the county gave anecdotal reports of a significant reduction in thefts.

This is great news for those motorists who have been wrongly involved in crime, fined, given points on their licence, or worse – convicted, because their number plate was stolen.

Crime Reduction Officer Nick Gilbert said: “The stolen plates are often used to disguise the identity of vehicles used to commit crimes such as the theft of fuel, avoiding London congestion charges or fooling speed cameras.”

According to BBC News, more than 40,000 sets of number plates were stolen in 2006, a rise of almost 25%.

With car ringing and other identity crimes becoming more prevalent daily, let’s hope this free technology can be rolled out to the rest of the country some time very soon.

For now, you can buy anti-theft screws from Speeding.co.uk for lb5.99 per set.

If you’d like to secure a private number plate of your own, how about a screwed plate, a safe plate or maybe a sorted plate? Or try your own combination with our number plate search.


CEO 1 Plate Breaks lb150,000!

Just a quick update this morning to duly note that the current bidding on the number plate CEO 1 stands at lb154,100.01 and 101 bids. CEO 2 is at lb10,000.00 24 bids.

Both have just over two days left!