Australian Car Owner Required to Change License Plate: "OCT7TH" Deemed Offensive

Written by Henrik Rothen

Feb.16 - 2024 1:24 PM CET

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The license plate "OCT7TH" was deemed offensive.

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The seemingly innocuous choice of a personalized license plate has led to an Australian car owner being compelled to make a change. The plate in question, "OCT7TH," has been found to carry offensive implications, linked to a grave date in recent history that few might discern at first glance.

The controversy began when an image of the license plate was shared on social media, sparking immediate uproar due to its reference to October 7th, the date of a devastating attack by Hamas on Israel. This assault resulted in the tragic loss of 1,200 Israeli lives and marked the start of an ongoing conflict that has since claimed nearly 30,000 Palestinian lives, predominantly civilians.

According to Yahoo News, the vehicle, a white Ford Ranger ute, became the center of an urgent investigation by authorities to understand how such a plate was approved and displayed on public roads for months unnoticed.

The revelation led to Roads Minister John Graham and the Executive Council of Australian Jewry's co-chief Peter Wertheim denouncing the plate as "repugnant" and calling for its immediate recall.

The swift response from the Roads Department, issuing a recall within 48 hours to a week, underscores the gravity of the situation and the commitment to prevent any form of political message spreading via license plates. This incident has also prompted calls for a nationwide crackdown to ensure that the transport authorities' filtering processes are stringent enough to catch such offensive content before it hits the road.

This episode serves as a stark reminder of the deep-seated sensitivities surrounding political and historical events and the importance of vigilance in seemingly mundane aspects of daily life, such as the selection of personalized license plates.

It's not the first instance in history where a license plate has stirred controversy for being offensive. Below, you can delve into an article about another episode where a license plate was only deemed offensive when viewed through a rearview mirror.

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