Rethink over risque number plate ban

Alan Clarke who bought a registration plate from the from DVLA reading BO11LUX.
Alan Clarke who bought a registration plate from the from DVLA reading BO11LUX.
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A COMPANY director has been allowed to keep his cheeky car registration plate after the DVLA told him to remove it even though he bought it from them.

Alan Clarke, aged 49, from Chesterfield, purchased the plate - which reads ‘BO11 LUX’ - from the DVLA’s website for £399, and proudly displayed it on his black Range Rover Overfinch.

But Alan later received a stern letter from the vehicle licensing body ordering him to remove it, saying the word caused offence.

The married dad-of-one stood his ground and forced the DVLA to back down, saying friends, family and other motorists were amused by the plate.

Alan even contacted the Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, citing a 1977 court case where it was successfully argued that The Sex Pistols album title Never Mind The B*****ks wasn’t obscene.

The DVLA then sent him an email reading: “Upon further instruction from a higher authority you are permitted to keep the number plate.”

Alan, chairman of a telecoms company, said: “I’ve no idea who this higher authority is, maybe it was Phil Hammond himself, but clearly someone with a brain has finally looked at this and decided there was nothing wrong with it after all. I’m relieved I will no longer have to look over my shoulder for police officers.

“My big worry was being pulled over and maybe thrown in the cells overnight before I could explain what was going on.”

The triumphant driver added: “I knew I was right all along. If it’s offensive, why did they offer it for sale on their own website?”

In 1977 Nottingham Magistrates’ Court found the profanity wasn’t obscene, after hearing evidence that it was an Old English term referring to a priest.