You’d think the DMV has more important things to do.
In the space of a single week, the agency revoked a retired upstate obstetrician’s “XX XY” vanity license plates for being “objectionable,” then had a committee reconsider the ruling and, finally, re-instated them — all without explanation.
“I couldn’t understand what could possibly be objectionable,” the flummoxed driver, Dr. Victor Poleshuck, 77, of Pittsford, told the Democrat & Chronicle.
The “XX” stands for the female chromosome, and the “XY” stands for the male chromosome, explained Poleshuck, who is emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Rochester.
“My life deals with what happens when the XXs and XYs get together,” he said of the plates, which he’d been affixing to his cars without incident for some 35 years.
On March 21, the DMV sent him a letter yanking the plates, explaining only that state law “prohibits the issuance of any license plate combination that is deemed objectionable by the Commissioner.”
The letter specified that it was “pulling” his custom plates reading “XXXY.” But Poleshuck’s plates — and he’s had five of them made over the years without complaint — have always read “XX XY,” with a space between the chromosomes, he said.
Two hours after the newspaper asked the agency about the plates being revoked, a DMV supervisor called Poleshuck to tell him that “a committee” had revisited the decision — and he could now keep the plates, the paper reported.