Number Plate Withdrawn By The DVLA
A number plate owner has had their number plate withdrawn by the DVLA after a member of the public complained to police that it spelt 'jihad'.
The Ford Fiesta was driven around with the personalised plate for six months before it was reported to officials.
Licence bosses have now banned the plate which was written JH11 HAD and sent the owner a replacement.
The car was reported after it was spotted driving around Newport, Gwent.
One woman who reported it to police after she saw it being driven in her home city said: "How can this be allowed with everything that is going on in the world at the moment?
"I have told the police about it and they said they would make a note of it.
"Surely this plate cannot be legal?"
A DVLA spokesman said the personalised plate had been bought in October last year and had "slipped through the net" of offensive registrations.
The spokesman said: "We try to identify all combinations that may cause offence, and on the rare occasion where potentially offensive numbers slip through the net, steps are taken to withdraw the number.
"As soon as we became aware of this last week we withdrew it and would have then sent a replacement plate."
Plates resembling the word 'jihad', which literally means striving or struggling in Arabic, and is associated with the concept of 'holy war', are unavailable, for example plates starting with JE and ending HAD.
Others which are banned include HO57 AGE, a close match to "hostage", and the chain of characters O54 MA because of its resemblance to the name Osama.
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