British nationals will no longer be permitted to drive outside the country in vehicles bearing the over-a-century-old GB sticker, which will be replaced with the post-Brexit “UK” sticker.
British nationals will no longer be permitted to drive outside the country in vehicles bearing the over-a-century-old “GB” sticker, which will be replaced with the post-Brexit “UK” sticker.
The “GB” sticker, which stood for Great Britain and was valid for drivers in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, was widely used by Britons while travelling outside the country and served as an identity token.
With this decision taking effect on September 28, it must now be replaced with one that says “UK.” Those who do not follow the rule may miss their visit to a specific country because entry with those stickers is not permitted, according to SchengenVisaInfo.com.
Rod Dennis, a spokesperson for the RAC, the automotive services company, stated that the decision was estimated to be a significant change for drivers who frequently travel outside the UK.
“Drivers should also keep in mind that number plates with the blue band and letters ‘GB’ next to the European golden stars are no longer valid,” Dennis said.
The change occurred nine months after Brexit’s first anniversary, which was completed in January 2021. Following this event, the EU flag was removed from vehicle licence plates, and the GB sticker was no longer required to be displayed when entering most EU countries.
“Changing the national identifier from GB to UK represents our unity as a nation and is part of a larger shift toward using the UK signifier across government. We notified the UN of our intention to make these changes in July and have been working with the sector to implement the change,” a Department of Transport spokesman said.
Furthermore, according to government guidelines, UK nationals planning to drive outside the UK must display a UK sticker on the rear of the vehicle if the plate number contains a GB identifier with the Union flag, a euro symbol, the flag of England, Scotland, or Wales, or only numbers and letters.
However, if British drivers are in Spain, Cyprus, or Malta, they must display a UK sticker regardless of the symbols on their licence plate. It is not necessary to have a UK sticker or a number plate to drive in Ireland.
Along with the change in number plates, the UK has implemented new entry rules for nationals of other countries, who can no longer enter British territory with an ID card. They must instead show a valid passport.
In addition, the UK Home Office has warned travellers that insecure ID cards will no longer be accepted. ID cards that do not contain biometric data and do not comply with the EU’s current legal framework for Identity Documentation can be considered insecure documents.
Source : Schengen Visa Info