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​Brits Warned Of Major Change For Number Plates Coming Into Force Tomorrow

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​Brits Warned Of Major Change For Number Plates Coming Into Force Tomorrow

Brits are being warned of a major change for car number plates, which will come into force from tomorrow (28 September).

Under the current rules, a vehicle that's being driven out of the country must have a GB sticker or a registration plate that displays a Union Jack and GB sign.

But from tomorrow, cars going abroad will be required to display a UK sticker or magnet, as opposed to the previously used GB version.

On the government website, it warns: "If you're driving on or after 28 September 2021, you'll need a UK sticker instead of a GB sticker."

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It continues to explain that drivers will need to display a UK sticker 'clearly on the rear' of their vehicle if their number 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

The government adds: "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.

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"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."

Earlier this year, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the change on Twitter, saying: "After Covid lockdown, Brits will be able to drive on the Continent without GB stickers thanks to NEW reg plate with Union Flag & GB, plus driving licences will NOT require International Driving Permits - all confirmed today on anniversary of leaving EU."

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He also later tweeted an image how what the new set-up would look like, adding: "How the new UK number plate looks with the Union Flag and GB replacing the EU symbol.

"The green background on this one signifies fully electric vehicles."

According to the RAC, the new UK stickers will be available online, and in post offices and garages for around £1.50.

Quoting a letter from the UK government to the UN, the RAC added that the change applies only to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and 'does not extend to any territories for the international relations of which the United Kingdom is responsible'.

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Topics: UK News, News, Cars

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