Back in the 80s, Forces personnel serving in BAOR had BFG number plates on their private vehicles until the IRA started targetting so-called 'soft targets'. One of the ways that it was decided to make servicemen and women less vulnerable was to do away with these number plates (it was mooted in Parliament that all squaddies should be issued with Browning pistols when they went on leave). But some guys who served in Germany that I spoke to were disappointed to see them go because they were allegedly very useful in bullshitting the cops out of handing out speeding tickets when they were in the UK. The story would go: PC: Excuse me sir, did you realise you were driving down the motorway at Warp Factor 10? And what are those funny plates on your car? Victim: Well officer, those are British Forces plates and I've just been called out on a mission so I need to get to Princes Gate in double-quick time. So if you don't mind.... PC (Stands to attention and salutes): Sah!! And will you be requiring an escort, sah? So, do any of you have any similar tales of when the BFG plates saved you a few points on your licence or is this just another one of those beloved myths that are nourished and cherished by us all?