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More than 400 new number plates banned for being too offensive or embarrassing

More than 400 number plates were banned for the latest 68 registrations (Andrew Matthews/PA) Photo: PA Wire/PA Images

More than 400 number plates have been banned from use as part of the new “68” vehicle registrations.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is holding back combinations it feels “may cause offence, embarrassment or are in poor taste”.

Motorists often get creative with personalised plates to spell out words.

The “68” registrations which became available on September 1 caused a number of issues for the DVLA, as the 6 can represent B, G, C or S, while the 8 can also represent B.

Responding to a Freedom of Information request submitted by the Press Association, the DVLA revealed the 436 banned plates include **68 OMB, *A68 USE, BA68 TAD and OR68 ASM.

Other banned plates include those with references to Brexit (EU68 BAD), racist group KKK (UK68 KKK) and drugs (DR68 GGS).

The DVLA’s income from selling personalised registrations reached £111 million in the past financial year.