And finally… number’s up



Hundreds of number plates featuring the new 71 series have been banned over fears of inappropriate applications such as TA71 BAN and AN71 VAX.

The DVLA does not permit some registrations on the basis they may cause “offence, embarrassment and are in poor taste”.

Prohibited plates include those associated with the pandemic, among them CO71 VD, CO71 ONA and CO71 RNA.

A DVLA spokesman said: “The vast majority of registration numbers are made available but the agency holds back any combinations that may cause offence, embarrassment, or are in poor taste.”

At the height of the pandemic the plate 1NHS sold for £120,000 at auction in 2020.