Life’s Little Irritants No. 5

It has been nice to see that previous LLI postings have struck a chord with people, but I’m not sure if the latest in this occasional series will have quite the same resonance as it is probably my most petty irritant. It’s the new car number plate system.

Actually, the system isn’t that new having been with us for about four years, it’s just become more irritating for me because there are more and more vehicles with the new style plates and less of the old style.

And why? One of the things I do to break the monotony of the drive to and from work is to try use the letters on the car in front into a word or phrase. And here’s the most important bit — that the letters should appear in the word in the same order as they do on the plate.

For example, one seen today — L*** LND. That became LapLaND; and LeyLaNDii; and LittLe aND Large.

This is becoming harder and harder with the new plates. Apart from the added complication of the extra letter, the combination of letters often makes a word impossible to find. Look at the example above. Any offers of a word, at least one that isn’t in Swahili?

And all because some numpty at the DVLA thought it would boost car sales and I don’t suppose there is any going back. Guess I’m going to have to learn Swahili, or Polish, or whatever.

By the way, as far as I can make out, the Swahili for number plate is ‘idadi rasisi’ but I could be wrong. I often am.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

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  • Mosher 3rd December 2004

    Wasn't the new system devised to *reduce* the number of new car sales at one point in the year? And instead increase it at two points?

    To some extent it makes sense what with the locality of registration being included, but with a country as small as ours it's hardly of any real use.

    I still can't figure out why we can't just choose our own numberplates allowing for duplicates, obscenity and so forth. The aim is for them to identify a car. If it's unique and attached to the car it's registered with… who needs silly flipping codes?

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