UK nationals will no longer be allowed to drive outside the country with a car bearing the more than a century old ‘GB’ sticker, as it will be replaced by the post-Brexit one that says ‘UK’.
The ‘GB’ sticker, which stood for Great Britain and was valid for drivers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, was widely used by the British when traveling around the world. outside the country and served as an identity token.
Now, with this ruling coming into effect on September 28, it needs to be replaced with one that says “UK”. Those who break the rule may miss their visit to a particular country because entry with these stickers will not be allowed, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
Car services company RAC spokesman Rod Dennis noted that the move was seen as a significant change for drivers frequently traveling outside the UK.
“Drivers should also remember that license plates with the blue stripe and the letters ‘GB’ next to the golden European stars are also no longer valid ”, Dennis said.
The change came nine months after the first anniversary of Brexit, which ended in January 2021. Following this event, the EU flag was removed from license plates and the GB sticker was removed. should not be displayed when entering most EU countries.
“The change of the national identifier from GB to the UK symbolizes our unity as a nation and is part of a larger movement towards the use of the British signifier across government. We informed the UN of our intention to make these changes in July and have worked with the sector to implement the change ”, said a spokesperson for the Ministry of Transport.
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In addition, government guidelines for UK nationals planning to drive outside the UK are to display a UK sticker on the rear of the vehicle if the plate number has a GB identifier with the Union flag, a symbol of the euro, the flag of England, Scotland or Wales. or only if it contains letters and numbers.
However, if UK drivers are in Spain, Cyprus or Malta, they must show a UK sticker regardless of the symbols on the plate. It is not necessary to have a UK sticker or license plate to drive in Ireland.
Along with the license plate change, the UK has also introduced new entry rules for nationals of other countries who can no longer enter UK territory with an identity card. Instead, they must present a valid passport.
The UK Home Office has also warned travelers that unsecured ID cards will no longer be recognized. Identity cards that do not contain any biometric data and those that do not comply with the current legal framework for identity documentation put in place by the EU may be considered insecure documents.