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Dave Gorman on TV speaking about private number plates

On Tuesday 22nd November, the Regtransfers team settled down in their respective homes (no, we don't all house-share) and switched on their TVs. Those of us with a sense of humour flipped over to the Dave channel in time for Dave Gorman's Modern Life is Goodish. How Gorman got them to name a channel after him is beyond us. Anyway, for those who may not have seen the show, Dave Gorman's differs from most stand-up comedy shows in the same way that Strictly differs from most (allegedly) talent-based reality shows - namely in that considerable preparatory work actually goes into the programme. In the case of Gorman's show, his trademark format is the use of a big screen upon which he projects the PowerPoint-style presentation that is his prop: an approach that has worked for him since his first TV series, The Dave Gorman Collection and probably before that.

Dave Gorman and R2 D2

So, there we all sat. The first section of the show was great, lulled us into a false sense of comfort. Then, out of nowhere, Dave Gorman insulted people who own personal number plates - including us and members of his own audience.

As if that weren't bad enough, his audience laughed. As if that weren't bad enough we laughed.

Gorman mocked personal plates. He made them into a game that took the mickey out of number plates and out of Brucie's Play Your Cards Right. We didn't bat an eyelid when Dave had a laugh at Kanye West's expense - after all, if Snoop does it then it's cool - but to mock number plates, and to take the name of in vain? That's going too far.

We should have been miffed. We tried to be angry. We tried to build up a good head of outrage so we could complain to Dave (the channel and the comedian), but have you ever tried to make an irate phone call while you're laughing? It ruins the effect and your complaint loses all credibility.

Ah well, you know what they say: if you can't laugh at yourself, Dave Gorman will get everyone else to do it for you.

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The role of DVLA

Car registrations and number plates, including personalised number plates, in the UK, are the responsibility of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, usually known as the DVLA. It issues new registrations twice a year and also maintains the central database that records details of all vehicles licensed to drive on UK roads, along with their keeper and registration information.

Regtransfers works closely with DVLA to complete registration transfers as quickly and efficiently as possible. Regtransfers is a DVLA-registered supplier of personal car registrations and number plates and is listed on the DVLA Registrations website. All number plates supplied by Regtransfers comply with DVLA's prescribed standards and regulations.

DVLA administers all UK registration transfers and issues updated registration documents when the registration number of a car is changed, or when a registration is removed from a vehicle and placed on a retention document in accordance with the DVLA Retention Scheme.

DVLA is a registered trade mark of the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency. Regtransfers is not affiliated with the DVLA or DVLA Personalised Registrations. Regtransfers is a recognised reseller of unissued Government stock.

Number plate regulations

When a car is on the road, it is an offence to display number plates bearing any number other than the vehicle's officially recorded registration number. If you purchase a private registration, learn how to transfer private plates before displaying the new number.

All registration number plates displayed on UK vehicles must comply with the official number plate regulations. DVLA oversees enforcement of number plates display regulations and maintains a register of approved manufacturers and retailers of vehicle number plates.

Regtransfers is not part of, and is not formally affiliated with DVLA.

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