• Apr 14, 2009
Saudi Arabia recently instated a new type of license plate that is expected to be fitted to 49 million cars in the kingdom. As opposed to the old Arabic-only plates, the new plates feature Arabic and Latin letters and numbers. Drivers can even request that the three letters on the lower right form certain 3-letter English words, like "nut." But according to the BBC, authorities have published a list words that definitely cannot be placed there, and heading the list of words like "SEX" and "ASS" is this one: "USA."

Even here in America, states regularly restrict certain letter combinations on license plates. Tags like "SEXVAN" and "KSMYBT" have been given the kibosh (even though "PRNOSTR" made it through). A New York police officer who wanted a "GETOSAMA" plate was even denied. It hasn't been explained why "USA" is on the list of Saudi Arabia's banned words, but such plates and 90,000 others like it are being recalled and replaced with something more acceptable.

[Source: BBC | Photo: Saudi Jeans]


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      ripslymemc
      • 5 Years Ago
      so saudi officers have to write ALL THAT down before issuing a ticket?! well then, score one for the people.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ripslymemc
        It's four numbers and three letters, just written twice, once in Greek letters and the other in whatever text they use in Saudi.
      • 5 Years Ago
      they wouldn't be taking in so much US$ dollars if americans didn't use oil for their humongous vehicles and coal burning power plants, I think advertising USA is vulgar especially in that region where the US has done so much damage. and america has never bent over any direction for anyone.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "and america has never bent over any direction for anyone."

        lol.
      • 5 Years Ago
      whats funny is in Arabic, in the upper right corner, it spells AAS. (Thats elif, elif, sod)

      Essentially, when read in Arabic, its read the same as ass.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why is the Saad shown as 'X'? Or is it just coincidence the 'Alifs are shown as 'A's?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Must be phonetic as the saad sounds a bit like an X when pronounced. I've noticed this approximate equivalence before.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, you're probably right.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I dont know, it might be coincidence, or maybe "Seen" takes the place of "S" and "Sod" takes the place of "X", since there is really no "X" in Arabic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As long as 69 is not banned I am fine with this :-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        oddly enough... i was denied "23 X 3" on a '69 Chevelle because it was lewd. that is what the letter from the DMV said. "23 x 3" was lewd.

        but the "69" plate they already issued was not lewd for some reason. nor the "1969" plate... nor numerous other actually vaguely questionable plates i've seen issued.

        apparently they were smart enough to do the simple math but not smart enough to think the answer to the math problem *just might* have something to do with the model year of the vehicle it was being purchased for...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Perhaps USA is considered short for Usama and thus forbidden?
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's an exaggeration. And anyway that doesn't mean that it isn't the reason.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Half the people in the Middle East are named Usama...
      • 5 Years Ago
      It makes sense. There is a lot of anti-USA sentiment over there, not necessarily from the government. The last thing the empire wants is to be sued because someone's "USA" license plate got their Bugatti Veyron vandalized.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yep, i'm 99% sure that's what it is. the gov't basically doesn't want anyone to say the arab equivalent of "f*ck USA" on their plates.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Our money is welcomed there but our modern ethical practices like equal treatment of women and minorities are not. They must hate that we actually allow females to drive and show skin!
      • 5 Years Ago
      but Obama is president? I thought everyone loved the USA now?
      is USA a bad word still?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Aren't you proud that Obama bowed like a good little servant to the King of Saudi Arabia.

        Now run along little Obama and go wash my Rolls!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Haha I can't wait for Obama to start realizing the world doesn't operate like a Oprah taping.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Polly Prissy Pants
        Yep, unfortunately it'll take decades to reverse all the ill will generated over the past 8 years."

        LOL right... Bush did it.... what losers we americans are...
      • 5 Years Ago
      We are our own biggest enemies. We bend over backwards to accomodate these people and "understand" their hatred towards us.

      Let's get the **** off this high-horse and stand up straight for a change.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was giving +1 to Mazda FTW!
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Let's get the **** off this high-horse and stand up straight for a change."----------------Most are unwilling to giveup their huge SUVs.....essential part of standing up straight.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Let's get the **** off this high-horse and stand up straight for a change."

        I'd like to know how you propose to do that. Countries that control resources that other countries need, have those countries by the balls--that's just the way it is.

        I mean, you could use less of their oil and starve them of cash flow, but apparently that *also* makes you a pansy...
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1
      • 5 Years Ago
      "USA" banned but I bet "US $" is accepted.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hmm... can you get that on a plate? STNWMN

        I wonder if GWB is also banned? One would hope so.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Me too, they love that one, in other words GO Tesla.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They're just trying to stop the driver from being stoned to death by extremists. Putting on a plate like that in the Middle East is like putting on an AL QAEDA plate in the US.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Now that the Saudi authorities have solved this problem, they can go back to stoning women.
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