EU flag removed from new-style driving licences and number plates
The EU flag has now been removed from future driving licences and number plates in the UK, marking the first anniversary of Brexit.
Although existing licences and number plates will still be valid, the new versions will be issued from now on. In the case of licences, the new-style ones will be issued to everyone renewing a licence or getting one for the first time.
The new designs have been revealed as the Government announces that new agreements with EU member states mean UK drivers who hold photocard licences will not need an international driving permit to drive in any of the 27 EU member states, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland or Liechtenstein. This had previously posed some concerns under Brexit.
In addition, UK drivers won’t need to display a GB sticker in most EU countries if their number plate has GB or GB with a Union Flag on 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.”