- The traditional GB sticker on the back of the cars is not valid from 28 September
- Anyone wishing to use their motors in Europe with a GB number plate must display a new ‘UK’ sticker
- Cars with a number plate with the UK emblem on the left do not require a sticker
- Rule changes intended to be more inclusive in Northern Ireland in wake of Brexita
- Confirmation of the decision in July sparked fury among drivers and motoring groups
Motorists driving their cars in Europe will now be required to display a new UK number plate or sticker, with the traditional GB sticker used on the back of cars no longer valid from 28 September.
Anyone intending to use UK-registered motors with a GB number plate in Europe will need to display a new ‘UK’ sticker, or order a fresh number plate with the UK emblem displayed on the left.
The changes are aimed at being more inclusive in Northern Ireland in the wake of Brexit, but there is fury from drivers and motoring groups, who have mourned the loss of the long-running GB symbol.
Car sticker rule change: Britons driving their cars in Europe will be required to display a new number plate or sticker showing ‘UK’ as the traditional ‘GB’ sticker is no longer valid
In July, the United Nations said it had ‘received a notification that the United Kingdom is changing the distinctive sign it had previously chosen to display in international traffic on vehicles registered in the United Kingdom,’ ‘GB’. From ‘UK’.
Any penalties for non-compliance with the new rules would depend on specific countries, although Halfords warned earlier this year that motorists failing to display the correct ‘UK’ badge on their vehicles would be ‘denied entry’. can be done.
“From 28 September, British motorists traveling abroad will be legally required to put a UK sticker on their vehicle in place of the old GB one,” a spokesperson claimed.
‘Failure to comply with the new rules could result in denial of entry and ruin of leave.’
The change to ‘UK’ following Britain’s separation from Brussels comes just nine months after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps committed to a redesign to replace the EU stars with the Union Jack on the ‘GB’ number plate .
Shapps informed the United Nations over the summer that the marking would be replaced with ‘GB’ for UK-registered vehicles to be more inclusive.
The changes are intended to be more inclusive in Northern Ireland in the wake of Brexit, but have sparked fury from drivers and the motoring group, who have mourned the loss of the long-running GB emblem.
Drivers with such number plates will have to put a ‘UK’ sticker on the back of their car. Halfords says some may be refused entry without displaying correct stickers
New stickers can be purchased online, priced at £1.50. starts with
RAC spokesman Rod Dennis told The Money: ‘It may just be a matter of changing two letters, but it is a significant change for drivers who take their cars out of the UK in normal times.
‘Any driver with a GB sticker on their car now needs to replace it with a new UK one if they are taking their vehicle overseas.
‘Drivers should also remember that the blue band number plate and the letters ‘GB’ next to the European gold stars are no longer valid.’
AA mourned the loss of the ‘famous’ GB sticker, saying it amounted to ‘losing another element of British motoring’.
The organization’s president, Edmund King, told the Telegraph in July: ‘Legacy, we have a lot of classic cars like Jaguar, Spitfire, which have metal GB signs on the rear of the car.
‘Now I don’t propose that they take them off, but now all they have to do is have a plastic UK sticker with it.
‘So from a historical standpoint, we’ve lost the tax disc on the windscreen and now we’re missing another element of British motoring, the famous GB sticker.’
The motoring group said the change in the new rule means that its stock of around 50,000 GB stickers has become unusable.
The AA mourned the loss of the ‘famous’ GB sticker, saying it tantamounts to ‘losing another element of British motoring’ that has become part of the tradition.
Edmund King, AA President, said it was disappointing that classic cars like this Jaguar would now be required to attach a ‘sticky’ sticker when driven in Europe
Personal number plate specialist CarReg has also warned those who have invested in personalized number plates with GB sign will also need to update their design or if they plan to use their motor abroad. they will be forced to display stickers.
The government’s recommendation now officially states that a number plate containing the UK identifier along with the Union Jack will not be required to display the UK sticker.
However, owners of UK-registered cars operating in Europe must clearly display the UK sticker on the back of the vehicle if your number plate contains any of the following: a GB identifier with a union flag; euro symbol; the national flag of England, Scotland or Wales; Numbers and letters only – no flags or identifiers.
‘If you are in Spain, Cyprus or Malta, you must display a UK sticker, regardless of what is on your number plate,’ Gov.uk outlines.
The website clarifies, ‘You do not need a UK sticker or number plate to drive in Ireland.
New UK stickers available online including at post offices, garages and motor retail specialists Halfords For around £1.50 to £4.
Like the number plate, the EU flag has also been removed from the top left corner of the pink plastic card, which has been replaced with ‘UK’.
A Union Jack was displayed on the right side of the photocard even before January 1.
While the old-style driving licenses are still valid, the new versions will be issued to all those who are renewing their photocards or getting one for the first time from 2021 onwards.