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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 27, No. 10. 1964.

Number Plates — Censored!

Number Plates


This is a great step forward in the protection offered by the Welfare State. No one can help but be delighted that there is no chance of his car being labelled for all time with the letters Bo.

If this step had not been taken one could well imagine the advertisers having a field day. "Does your car suffer from Bo? Use Min. the roll-on under-chassis deodorant. It makes your car so nice to be run over by."

This combination of letters was the only one cited by the Transport Department, but doubtless that erstwhile organisation had many other suggestive permutations in mind.

Many cars would, if labelled BF. almost certainly suffer such a trauma that they might well refuse to start ever again. And how would you, a fifth-generation New Zealander, feel if your car, a well-kept but antique Austin 8. was fitted with the grandiose label US? Would you get an irresistible urge to stick a cigar in your mouth and quote vociferously from Time, or would you feel outraged at the Government for invading your taxpayer's rights in not giving you a plate starting NZ, and write a letter to the paper signed "Fifth Generation New Zealander and Proud of it?"