UK driving licences and number plates will no longer feature the EU flag, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced.
Implemented to mark the UK’s exit from the European Union, the EU flag has been removed from all driving licence and number plate designs and replaced with the Union Flag, with the first batches issued from January 1.
Existing licences and number plates remain valid, but anyone renewing a driving licence or receiving one for the first time will be issued with this new version.
How the new UK number plate looks with the Union Flag and GB replacing the EU symbol. The green background on this one signifies a fully electric vehicles. https://t.co/Hb7uXKdkclpic.twitter.com/rNavDrwjh5
— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) January 31, 2021
The revised designs arrive at the same time as new agreements between the UK and the EU start, which will make it easier for Britons to drive on the continent. These agreements will allow any UK driver who holds a photocard licence to drive in any of the 27 EU member states without the need for an international driving permit.
In addition, UK drivers won’t need to display a GB sticker in ‘most EU countries’ according to DfT, providing that their number plate has GB or GB with a Union Flag upon it.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps 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.”