Swedes decline to FCKU2MF
Vanity numberplate applicant told to eff off
A Stockholm chap will not be inviting fellow motorists to FCKU2MF, after the Swedish Transport Agency, aka Transportstyrelsen, told him to take his vanity numberplate application and eff right off.
Swedes have been able to apply for personalised plates since 2000, but the 6,000 kronor (£530) statements "may not be formed in such a way that may cause offence", as the Local puts it.
This would explain why FCKU2MF, "Gestapo" and "Sexyboy" are on the rejected list. Likewise, trademark-busting applications such as "My BMW" and "HEINEKN" were given short shrift. ®
We need these!
This is a pity, as vanity licence plates like this perform the same function as t-shirts with similar messages. They forewarn everyone that the driver/wearer is an enormous a*s*ole, before they have the unpleasant experience of engaging with them.
They perform a very real social function and it's just fortunate that the a*s*oles in question haven't figured out what it is yet. We should be encouraging more of this. Not less.
Regular plates actually screw up sometimes
There was a pic doing its rounds on the internet a couple of years ago from Florida. The plate number was
which would usually have no offensive meaning ... except that that particular Florida plate had a big orange between the two letter groups, so it actually reads:
I saved a shitload of money on personal plates
By changing my name to Mr EFN 934L.