A wonderful example of an unaccountable bureaucracy at work. DVLA willingly sell the following number plate to a customer, Mr Clarke (apparently "it slipped through the net"):
BO11 LUXThen they decided that because in their view it causes offence they will persecute the chap who purchased it from their own website:
They said it was causing offence and I had to remove it, and they are threatening to criminalise me. But they are a government agency and they put the plate on their own website for anyone to buy so it's 100 per cent legal.
'I would love to know what offence I am committing as they haven't told me. I have got the receipt for the plate, the registration document and the vehicle is fully taxed and insured so I'm at a loss to see what the problem is.Cue the usual official threatening letters:
But within six weeks, he received a stern letter from the DVLA telling him the plate was 'causing offence' and ordering him to remove it from his vehicle.Perhaps DVLA don't appreciate that there is a legal precedent for use of this word - Mr Clarke should take them on.
The DVLA says it is an offence for it to still be displayed.