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DVLA drivers' survey reveals Batmobile, ZZ Top, Homer, Kermit and Olaf among the names people like to give their cars


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ZZ Top, Kermit and The Beast have come out top in a list of the most unusual names motorists have given their cars.

The DVLA has asked thousands of drivers about the nicknames they've given their vehicles with one in six admitting to christening their car.

Kermit, a star of festive film The Muppet Christmas Carol, was among the names drivers had given their cars
Kermit, a star of festive film The Muppet Christmas Carol, was among the names drivers had given their cars

Disco Dave and Lady Patricia were also among the most unique titles given.

The monikers, which include a mix of unusual and traditional names, emerged in the agency's latest nationwide motoring survey.

Motorists were asked by the DVLA about nicknames they give their cars in the annual survey of drivers
Motorists were asked by the DVLA about nicknames they give their cars in the annual survey of drivers

The most popular names given included Betsy, Pablo, Max, Ruby and Doris - with Max and Ruby also finding themselves among the top 50 most popular baby names this year.

Television and film characters also proved to be the inspiration for a number of drivers with Batmobile, Betty Boop, Eeyore, Homer, Kermit, Mickey, Olaf and Snow White also among the list of names people like to bestow upon their cars.

Frozen character Olaf also found his name among the list of car nicknames
Frozen character Olaf also found his name among the list of car nicknames

Officials say it is motorists aged 35 to 54 that are most likely to choose a name for their vehicles followed by those aged in their late teens and early 20s.

But it is not only car drivers who enjoy putting a proper name to their wheels.

In 2018 Kent County Council took on the task of naming each one of its winter gritting lorries, asking local primary school children for help, with Usain Salt and Han Snowlo among the final picks.

The DVLA is using the unusual survey results to catch motorists' attention, in order to remind them about the need to tell the agency when a beloved vehicle is sold. Drivers must do this online via the GOV.UK website and in a few minutes it will update databases and enables customers to also get a refund on any vehicle tax quicker.

Do you know anyone who calls their car the Batmobile?
Do you know anyone who calls their car the Batmobile?

Julie Lennard, DVLA chief executive explains. She said: "Whatever you name your car, when it’s time to say goodbye, our online services will always be the fastest, easiest and most convenient way to tell us you’ve sold or transferred a vehicle.

"We’re delighted that 98% of customers were satisfied with the service and would use this again. We’d encourage anyone who is planning on selling their car to let us know online as quickly as possible to ensure the vehicle’s record is updated promptly."

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