An unfortunate US driver has received thousands of pounds worth of parking fines solely on account of his personalised registration.
The tickets were wrongly issued to Scottie Roberson, 38, who chose the number plate to reflect his nickname: "Racer X", and his favourite number, seven. However because of administrative errors Roberson's registration, 'XXXXXXX', was confused with every unrecognised vehicle on police records!
The errors were caused by traffic wardens in Birmingham, Alabama. It seems that the wardens had been entering seven letter Xs into the forms they wrote when issuing parking tickets to cars without number plates.
Luckily for Roberson, the fines are in the process of being dropped. And to ensure no such mishap occurs again, officials are looking into a new ticketing system for cars without number plates.
This seems to be a one-off case; also, it's unlikely to happen in the UK, where the DVLA's number plate registration system ensures that number plates follow a specific pattern. You can find more information on this system from National Numbers' web site in our article Number Plate Formats Explained.
And if you're convinced this expensive error wouldn't happen in the UK, why not take a look at some of our 'XXX' number plates?