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Agency rejects Swede's FCKU2 licence plate bid

Rebecca Martin · 27 May 2011, 16:27

Published: 27 May 2011 16:27 GMT+02:00

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“I am disappointed, especially since the plate was a birthday present from my brother, “Stefan Waerner from Hällingsjö in western Sweden told Sveriges Radio (SR).

Waerner and his brother have competed in the motorcycle sport motocross for many years and FCKU2 was their team name, according to daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

But the rules say that a licence can’t be approved if it is possible that it will “cause offence or inconvenience to anyone”.

“We have made the judgement that this could cause offence. The reason is that it’s a clear allusion to a swearword, an American swearword,” Mikael Aronsson of the Traffic Registry Department (Trafikregistret) at the Agency, told SR.

According to Aronsson, the registry has to view these matters through a more general perspective and consider the whole population when they make their decision.

“In Sweden we have 9 million inhabitants and there will be just as many opinions on what should be allowed. We know that whatever we decide there will be some people who think that we have made the wrong decision,” he said to SR.

But Stefan Waerner doesn’t think that his choice of licence plate would cause offence to anyone.

“It isn’t really the swearword said straight out, it s just an abbreviation. It was just a bit of a ‘diss’. Just for a laugh, “ Waerner said to SR.

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According to SR, it is not possible to appeal the decision, but Waerner will make another attempt with a different letter combination.

“I don’t know yet which one to go for, “ he said to SR.

Other recentlybanned combinations are NETBABE, L84WORK, BAD ASS and JERK R, according to SR.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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17:13 May 27, 2011 by RationalG.
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17:15 May 27, 2011 by Syftfel
While rather infantile on part of the 31-year old from western Sweden, one wonders why stop at English? I could think of few things in Czech that wouldn't mean diddely squat to a Swede, but that would make heads spin to Czechs. Where does one draw the line?
17:25 May 27, 2011 by Swedesmith
Well, qqqq then.
19:20 May 27, 2011 by Tanskalainen
My favorite licence plate is 2CU4U.
00:16 May 28, 2011 by DAVID T
I've seen lots of number plates that have WOG in them which is really offensive
00:56 May 28, 2011 by johnny1939
I would never use a vanity plate because it is so easily recognizable.
03:00 May 28, 2011 by Stickeroo
I would use one, WVW VVW....try and remember that in Swedish

"So, do you remember what the plate was on the car that did the hit and run"

"Sorry officer, I remember it had a V and a W in it!"
05:58 May 28, 2011 by foordranata
Well OK then, it seems someone in Sweden also wants to pay for that, and someone even dumber wants to ban it.

What a work must this guy at the ban-office have, the dumbest job on planet.
11:46 May 28, 2011 by johnny1939
Maybe it is a matter of safe driving. Can u imagine spending time and attention trying to figure out what kind of message the car in front of you is trying to give you? REM2?
21:00 May 31, 2011 by wenddiver
Where I live you can get anything on a Liscence plate there are plates honoring your favorite race car driver, willd turkey, peventing abortion, adopting Dogs, Honoring the Sons of Confederate Veterans, saying God Bless the USA, honoring teachers, Nurses, your favorite college, line men, policemen, Firemen, the different Military branches, Bass Fishing, Deer Hunting, Gambling Casinos, Alcoholics Anoymous, Your favorite Medal you earned during the war, disabled veterans, Ballet, hunting dogs, Scuba Diving, Skeet Shooting, etc, etc. You can put just about anything you want on them as to letters. Auto stickers can be even worse, I have a bumper sticker with the Confederate Battle Flag on it and the phrase "I believe in Final Victory", on my other vehicle I have a sticker with the US Army crest that says "The world sleeps peacefully, because tough American men do Violence on her behalf" .

Well , the sky hasn't fallen in yet, nobody has died of heart attack, everything looks pretty normal, so I would say free speech works.
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