A resident of the American city of Mountain View (California) said that the local traffic police forbade him to use the number “XYECLA” on his Tesla electric car. As he explained to , the department will send him a new number, and asked to return the old one.
Yakunin published a letter from the Motor Transport Inspectorate (DMV) – this is an analogue of the Russian traffic police – where it is said about the need to replace license plates with Tesla.
Your personal license plate “XYECLA”, obtained in 2018 for Tesla, contains “XYE”, which sounds like a slang word for male genitalia when pronounced in Russian, and can be perceived as vulgar.
According to the representative of the Ministry, the owner of the electric vehicle can appeal this decision within ten days. The motor inspection inspected its rights to the old number and promised to send a new one for replacement. For the use of invalid numbers face a fine.
Yakunin said that he had been using the number since June 2018, but before that he had stood on the BMW i3. According to him, before they already paid attention to him, but they did not say directly: “Sometimes it came to me through my friends that they noticed somewhere”.