Drivers to be hit by new number plate rule change which comes into effect today

The new rule means drivers will need to display a 'UK' sticker when travelling abroad instead of the old style 'GB' logos. Drivers who already have a GB sticker on their vehicles have been told to "cover or remove it" before heading abroad.

GOV.UK said: "You will need to display a UK sticker clearly on the rear of your vehicle if your number plate has any of the following:plate has any of the following:

  • a GB identifier with the Union flag (also known as the Union Jack)
  • a Euro symbol
  • a national flag of England, Scotland or Wales
  • numbers and letters only - no flag or identifier

"If your number plate includes the UK identifier with the Union flag (also known as the Union Jack), you do not need a UK sticker.

"If you're in Spain, Cyprus or Malta, you must display a UK sticker no matter what is on your number plate.

"If you have a GB sticker, cover or remove it."

Halfords have previously warned drivers could be "refused entry" if they failed to follow the new rules.

They said: "From 28th September, British motorists travelling abroad will be legally required to display a UK sticker on their vehicle, in place of the old GB one.

"Failure to adhere to the new regulations may lead to refusal on entry and holidays ruined.

"On hand to help ahead of the change come into force, Halfords are selling magnetic and non-magnetic stickers for £3.99 in-store and online."

According to the RAC, the new sticker is thought to be a show of solidarity with Northern Ireland after Brexit.

The UK stands for the United Kingdom, which comprises Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, Great Britain only signifies England, Scotland and Wales.

The new move has been met with opposition by many in the motoring industry.

The AA said it has 50,000 GB stickers that will now be rendered worthless after the new changes.

Meanwhile, experts at CarReg warn classic car owners with traditional and classy GB mental plates will need to spoil their car with a "cheap" sticker.

They also warn those who invested in personalised number plates with the GB sign included will also need to update their designs or be forced to add a sticker.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps first announced new number plate changes back in January, exactly one year since the UK left the EU.

He said: "Changing the designs of our driving licences and number plates is a historic moment for British motorists, and a reassertion of our independence from the EU one year on from our departure.

"Looking to the future, whether it's for work or for holidays abroad, these changes mean that those who want to drive in the EU can continue to do so with ease."


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