Motorists interested in obtaining custom number plates for their vehicles have been warned to stay away from using offensive words.
South Australia’s transport department officials say a total of 129 plate applications were banned in the last financial year for using foul and rude language that was deemed unacceptable for the general public.
These were words such as FORKING, or PHARQ and KIDNAPR or H1TRUN.
Motorists in South Australia have been warned against offensive custom number plates
A total of 129 applications with rude and foul languages were blocked by the SA transport dept
South Australia government has raised about $7.8 million in custom and personalised plates
Other number plates that received the axe were words such as PERVERT, DABITCH, TIHSHO, UPYRS, DE4THRO and BOMBU.
The state also drew a firm line when it came to number plates that displayed references to sexual position or body parts mainly seen on classic cars.
‘In South Australia, a personalised or custom plate is considered unsuitable if it contains inflammatory or defamatory references in any language which could be considered by a reasonable person to be inappropriate for public display,’ the SA transport department told The Advertiser.
‘This includes words that refer to racial groups, have a sexual reference, a religious profanity, offensive text speak or refer to gang names.’
South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan told the publication that personalised number plates were a good source of income for the state government.
‘While these plates are becoming more and more popular, it’s important to make sure that they meet community standards,’ Mr Mullighan told the publication.
The state government raised about $7.8 million a year from fees relating to customised number plates.
In South Australia, custom number plates could set one back at $200 a year for six characters and an additional $55 for seven characters.
Plates such as FORKING, PERVERT, BOMBU, DABITCH and H1TRUN have been banned
A South Australian motorist wanted to use the word ‘PERVERT’ on their plates but to no avail