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BA14 NED: Newly withheld DVLA number plates

December 9, 2013
Posted in DVLA,Humour — Written by Nationla Numbers

DVLA Personalised Registrations have announced the number plates that will not be released to vehicles or for sale due to being offensive or vulgar in nature.

This is done every year by the Government body and is done to shield the public from the obscene.

SC12 OTM, MU12 DER, M1 BUM, AR 53, 1 NLA. All banned in the name of good taste.

This time around the DVLA of course are addressing the newly released 14 Registrations. Choice plates from the blacklist include:


As well as these new registrations, DVLA have also address the previous 63 plates, released earlier in the year. These include:


As with any attempt at censorship, no matter how good natured, you always find seemingly obvious omissions by looking hard enough. In this case we at Nationla Numbers found that the letters RSA, NAL and NUS were all available at one point for the 14 release, meaning things like, erm …


… all possible.

Thankfully the DVLA noticed their mistake and did remove these three combinations just before the release day, but there were still some omissions we found.

In fact, Nationla Numbers bought UR14 RSY on the day. Doesn’t mean the DVLA will keep it unbanned for long and they have done it before.

A gentleman from Chesterfield, Alan Clarke, bought BO11 LUX a few years back and was told six weeks later he had to remove the registration from the vehicle. We’ve not been as unlucky yet, but it is still early days.

We at Nationla Numbers do indeed look forward to these banned number plates being announced every year. It is always good for a laugh. We have already started guessing the Hall of Shame for next years 15 release. Will AP15 SED make the list? What about UR15 HYT? I am guessing absolutely no chance we’ll see any HAG, PAZ or LUT will be released either way.


Customer Stories: 1 RT

December 6, 2013
Posted in Cars,Customers,Interesting — Written by Nationla Numbers

Nationla Numbers is proud to introduce to the number plate market a premium-quality cherished registration – 1 RT.

The registration has been with the same owner since it was originally released via the DVLA in 1996. The mark was put to a private number plate auction, ran at the time by Brooks, which later became Bonhams.

The owner, a local chap, still to this day has the original catalogue that was issued for the same auction.

“I’ll have that”

1 RT’s owner recalls the moment he decided to buy the registration.

Sitting in his study in Singapore while having a laugh and a drink with some friends, the number plate was pointed out to him. It immediately caught his eye due to ‘RT’ being is his initials.

More to the point though, the registration was a lucrative Number 1. These were rare, even for the mid-1990s, but more so it was going quite cheap, especially because the initials tend to be very popular.

“That is a good price,” he thought, “I’ll have that.”



As a number plate dealer we are used to hearing stories of people buying registrations as investments. The idea being that a number plate would increase in value over the years and earn their owners a pretty penny in the future. The patient ones are normally the most successful.

Having bought the registration nearly 20 years ago, the owner of 1 RT has been very patient indeed, but that is not the reason he bought it.

Upon asking him if he understood the investment potential of private number plates and their resale value, he simply replied:

“I didn’t think about it … I bought it because I liked it.”

It is refreshing to hear this candid attitude from people like the owner of 1 RT. The number plate industry has a reputation for its investment potential, many amateurs over the years have been tempted to give it a go, so it is nice to see them bought for their original purpose.


Over the years …

For someone to have owned a registration like this for as long as he has, you can bet the 1 RT would have seen a number of great cars over the years.

Originally the owner sported the reg mark on a Bentley Turbo 95 before moving it over to his BMW M5. Currently, the registration sits on a 2001 BMW 330i, where it will hopefully stay until sold.

The owner himself has had interest in several other number plates over the years; some he has secured while others have slipped through his fingers. He recalls RJT 1, a number plate that sold through a DVLA auction. Unable to attend he gave a friend lb10,000 and sent him to bid on his behalf. Unfortunately the registration went for lb11,000, which he would have gone to had he been at the auction.

“I was a bit pissed off”, the 1 RT owner said.

“I don’t know why he couldn’t put his hands in his pockets to help me out.”