From September 28, any driver planning a post-pandemic road trip through Europe will have to ditch the GB sticker – and replace it with a UK one
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Brits are being warned over a major change if they are planning to travel abroad by car – and it comes into force from Tuesday.
Currently, people must put a GB sticker on their vehicle before going abroad, unless they have a number plate bearing the initials.
But, from September 28, any driver planning a post-pandemic road trip through Europe will have to ditch the GB sticker.
The sticker, or magnet, will no longer be valid and will have to be replaced with a UK one, reports the Liverpool Echo.
And any driver with GB on their number plate will now also need a sticker or order a new number plate with the UK designation.
The announcement marks the second revamp the UK has had to number plates this year.
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In January, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced UK drivers would be able to drive on the continent without GB stickers thanks to a new registration plate with a Union Flag and GB sign.
He also tweeted an image revealing the updated look of a green number plate, used to signify fully electric vehicles and showcase the incentives of opting for a more environmentally friendly car.
Mr Shapps tweeted: “Brits will be able to drive on the Continent without GB stickers thanks to new reg plate with Union Flag and GB.”
British number plates have previously featured a GB symbol under the cluster of EU stars.
Welsh and Scottish drivers could still travel abroad with number plates displaying the Welsh or Scottish flag, but only if they also placed a GB sticker on their vehicle.
The new rule change however means that the GB sticker will no longer be valid.
The update has been outlined by the United Nations, which said it had received “a notification stating that the United Kingdom is changing the distinguishing sign that it had previously selected for display in international traffic on vehicles registered in the United Kingdom, from ‘GB’ to ‘UK’”.
Every motorist under the new law will either need to buy the new number plate featuring the letters UK, or make sure they have a sticker displaying the same letters to prevent any punishment.
Therefore, people who ordered Mr Shapps’ new design earlier this year must now purchase a UK sticker to put alongside it to make it legal.
The rule change means that, on or after September 28, drivers will need to display a UK sticker clearly on the rear of their vehicle.
Drivers will need the UK sticker if their number plate has a GB identifier with the Union Jack, a Euro symbol, a national flag of England, Scotland or Wales or numbers and letters.