The driver of a Ford Fiesta has been gallivanting about for six months with a license plate that would shock anyone who came into contact with it. The public was rightfully outraged upon realizing what the offensive plate really said, and it was immediately revoked once authorities were alerted.
The message on the personalized license plate was “JHII HAD,” an obvious reference to the Islamic term for holy war. With terror attacks unfolding on a near weekly basis around the world, drivers were aghast to see that this plate had been allowed by the UK’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.
A UK driver was spotted with a license plate which read “JHII HAD.”
According to a DVLA spokesman, the personalized plate was purchased in October of last year and somehow “slipped through the net” of offensive registrations.
“We try to identify all combinations that may cause offense, and on the rare occasion where potentially offensive numbers slip through the net, steps are taken to withdraw the number,” commented the spokesman. “As soon as we became aware of this last week we withdrew it and would have then sent a replacement plate.”
The UK’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.
“How can this be allowed with everything that is going on in the world at the moment?” asked one woman, who reported the license plate to police after seeing the car being driven around her hometown. “I have told the police about it and they said they would make a note of it. Surely this plate cannot be legal?”
Plates resembling Jihad, the Arabic term for holy war, specifically, plates starting with JE and ending HAD, are unavailable.
Others which are banned include HO57 AGE, a close match to “Hostage”, and the chain of characters O54 MA for Osama.
There is a blacklist of ruder number plates which the DVLA will refuse to issue.
“64” can be read as “bA” meaning plenty of potentially offensive plates have been banned including, NO64 LLS (NO BALLS) and OH64 LLS (OH BALLS).
The banned list includes DO66ERS, OR66ASM, GO66BLE and DA66GER. [Source: The Sun]
The car was reported to officials after it was spotted driving around Newport, Gwent, and license bosses have now banned the plate and sent the owner a replacement. It is certainly difficult to see how it could have slipped through the cracks in the first place, though.
While many of the other banned plates on the DVLA’s list take a moment to discern their true meaning, the “JHII HAD” plate was a blatantly obvious nod to terrorism, which could not be more recognizable. At a time when terror attacks are unfolding from London to Manchester, this would be a terrible thing to see on the streets.
(H/T Mad World News)