Are these license plates REALLY offensive? The incredible reason why a driver was robbed of his number plates by the police
- Peter Hansen had ‘WEPN’ number plates on his 1971 Holden Torana for ten years
- When his wife tried to get ‘WEPN 2’ boards, his set was canceled by VicRoads
- They have been canceled because they are considered ‘offensive’ and ‘unacceptable’
- Mr. Hansen has pledged to challenge VicRoad’s decision and keep his beloved records
A motorist had his custom license plates canceled because officials considered them offensive.
Peter Hansen, from Portland, Victoria, had the records read ‘WEPN’ on his 1971 Holden Torana for ten years.
Mr. Hansen’s plates were removed when his wife Jacinta asked for a sign for another car that read ‘WEPN 2’.
He received a letter in June from VicRoads saying the signs were “unacceptable.”
“License plates with offensive language, antisocial values, racial overtones or a negative road safety message are generally unacceptable,” the letter said.
Peter Hansen had ‘WEPN’ number plates on his 1971 Holden Torana (photo) for ten years
Mr. Hansen waited until Friday to switch boards and invited friends to join him on the last ride of WEPN.
“Come to me and WEPN for her last cruz (sic) through the streets of Portland and then to VicRoads to buy a new set of plates, sad it has come, but that’s VicRoads for you,” he wrote on Facebook .
Mr. Hansen has vowed to fight to keep his custom number plates and has received a lot of support from car enthusiasts and his community.
“The support of the Portland community and locals, and all that has been done for me, I feel like a very rich man,” said Mr. Hansen 7News.
Ms. Hansen said that the number plates were part of the family.
“We did everything in the car, we went all over Australia, we participated in events,” she said.
A letter Mr. Hansen received from VicRoads stating that his WEPN boards are being canceled because they are considered ‘offensive’ and ‘unacceptable’
A Change.org petition was launched to protest VicRoads’ decision to have Mr Hansen keep his signs on his car, which is known in the area.
“This is so wrong for so many reasons. So I ask all my car enthusiasts to sign this, so that the rights to the plates return to the rightful owner Peter Hansen ‘, the petition reads.
More than 11,600 people have signed for the petition.
Despite putting generic plates on his car, Mr. Hansen has kept the WEPN plates in hopes of a successful bid against the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
“There is always hope, so I still hold on to them,” he said. “Until the day I don’t hold them, I think I’ll always have hope.”
Mr. Hansen has placed general license plates on his car (photo), but has kept his WEPN plates in hopes of a successful appeal against the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal