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To think that personalised number plates should be banned?!!

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principalitygirl Sun 12-Jan-14 11:14:04

They are, in my view, ostentatious, utterly pointless and a pure waste of money that could be much better used other ways, even 'selfish' ones like a nice meal out or a mini break. Or non-foodselfish things like charity donations.

If I ruled the world [smile], I'd ban them, or make people buying them have to pay an equal amount in a stupidity and arrogance and tax.

Anyone disagree?!

Catsize Sun 12-Jan-14 11:15:24

Agree they are a bit naff, but people are free to display their naffness I guess. Particularly annoying when appended to a pointless Chelsea tractor.

Bowlersarm Sun 12-Jan-14 11:15:56

Yes I disagree with you.

Plenty will agree with you though.

There was a thread recently about it.

principalitygirl Sun 12-Jan-14 11:16:31

oooh, where bowlers?

Chocotrekkie Sun 12-Jan-14 11:16:58

See I would ban spa breaks who wants some stranger rubbing them while they are naked

please don't assume that people who have one don't donate a huge chunk every month to charity.

ScarletLady02 Sun 12-Jan-14 11:18:10

I saw one once that said PEN 15 hmm

I wasn't sure if the driver was being ironic or not...

LEMoncehadacatcalledSANTA Sun 12-Jan-14 11:18:16

I actually think that everyone should have a personal number plate, that they take with them from car to car.

Now i might be making this up, but isn't that how they do things in australia?

carabos Sun 12-Jan-14 11:18:30

I live in personal-numberplate small town heaven. They aren't something I would spend my money on, but they are a harmless indulgence. When more cars have them than don't, as round here, they aren't remotely ostentatious, they're "common". wink

MardyBra Sun 12-Jan-14 11:18:44

I agree that they're the height of naff, but banning won't ensure that the money that gets spent on them will get diverted to something more worthy.

pictish Sun 12-Jan-14 11:18:57

I agree with you...they are embarrassingly self important, and make the driver look an absolute dick.

However, if someone wants to display themselves as a self important dick, then I guess it's their choice to do so.

My fil has one - he's a pompous, self satisfied arse and it suits his ghastly personality perfectly.

principalitygirl Sun 12-Jan-14 11:19:55

Scarlet - I'd say they were extremely self-aware... ;)

tobiasfunke Sun 12-Jan-14 11:21:18

I wouldn't ban them because I think it is very kind of the person who has one to give me fair warning that they are very likely to be a twat.

pictish Sun 12-Jan-14 11:22:05

Ha ha grin

CuntyBunty Sun 12-Jan-14 11:22:30

Naff, agreed, but not ban-able.


principalitygirl Sun 12-Jan-14 11:23:03

Tobias - nice bit of reframing there... smile

ScarletLady02 Sun 12-Jan-14 11:24:20

True grin

There is also a "stationery mogul" type round here who has two BMWs with the plates A4 PAD and A5 PAD...

Yeah, he sells paper and pens hmm

Starballbunny Sun 12-Jan-14 11:24:46

YABU, they are fun. Sometimes very pretentious and naff, but still fun.

Why does everything have to be dull and conventional.

Also the really naff italic ones warm you this car is driven by a dick.

principalitygirl Sun 12-Jan-14 11:25:25

Cunty - everything is ban-able, in theory at least. I'm not likely to rule the UK let alone the world though so these knobs are free to indulge themselves as they see fit!

Dumpylump Sun 12-Jan-14 11:27:19

Every time this subject comes up I wonder why people get so het up about this.....who cares what other people spend their money on?
Why do you care? How exactly is this impinging on your life?
It seems like such a harmless thing to me, but it provokes such a strong reaction. confused

principalitygirl Sun 12-Jan-14 11:28:35

Starball - we have v different ideas of fun. My name, nickname or AN other 'special' word written in a combo of numbers and letters isn't something I'd personally describe as being fun, and certainly not seeing it more than once!

Calamityjude Sun 12-Jan-14 11:28:54

My df has one inherited from my gp's. it must be 60 years old. just initials, no words. not sure if that makes it naff confused

Bowlersarm Sun 12-Jan-14 11:31:22

(OP-one thread was started 30 sept and another one started 8 nov) however, it is a subject people have strong opinions about and therefore have plenty to say, as you are seeing!

principalitygirl Sun 12-Jan-14 11:31:23

Dumpy - I'm not het up. Just curious what others think, in a light hearted way. I certainly don't rage at the sight of a personalised number plate. Just wonder about what motivates someone to pay good money for something which seems to me to be entirely frivolous and showy.

Those leather passport cover things are another, smaller scale example of the same mentality I think?

Punkatheart Sun 12-Jan-14 11:31:35

B4D 5H1T was my fav. I also saw a jag owner who had JAG 1 - which is beyond daft. An old boyfriend's father worked for a tea company and had two jags - one with TEA on it and the other with BAGS. Then he sold one and yes, his poor wife had to be left with BAGS.

Too much money, too little taste. But their money, their choice.

principalitygirl Sun 12-Jan-14 11:33:08

Why not get your personalised number plate replicated on the soles of your shoes, back of your coat etc...? Maybe it's already possible...?

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