The government is changing ‘GB’ to ‘UK’, and every motorist must display the new initials on their vehicle before driving abroad. This will come into force on September 28.

The GB sticker is set to vanish from British number plates as new rules for driving abroad will come into force.

Currently, British motorists must put a “GB” sticker on their car before travelling to another country except if they have a number plate that also has these initials underneath the Union Jack.

The government is now looking at changing “GB” to “UK”, and every motorist must display the new initials on their vehicle before entering another country.

The rule change comes months after the government said there would be a new British number plate.

Mr Shapps twitter account posted: “Brits will be able to drive on the Continent without GB stickers thanks to new reg plate with Union Flag and GB.”

Before leaving the EU, British number plates featured the “GB” initials under a circle of EU yellow stars. 

The new rules mean that the GB sticker will no longer be valid. Now, every motorist will either need to buy a new number plate with the “UK” letter or make sure they have a sticker with the same letters.

This also means that motorists who already ordered Mr Shapps’ new design earlier this year must now buy a UK sticker to put alongside it.

Here’s what’s changing:

On or after 28 September 2021

You will need to display a UK sticker clearly on the rear of your vehicle if your number plate has any of the following:

  • GB identifier with the Union flag (also known as the Union Jack)
  • Euro symbol
  • The national flag of England, Scotland or Wales
  • Numbers and letters only – no flag or identifier

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.

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.

Some number plate suppliers have voiced their concerns, with one telling the AA it could take four to six months to update the plates, risking them losing orders.

If Britons fail to display the letters ‘UK’ somewhere on their vehicle when abroad after the end of September, they will be fined to a varying degree that will depend on the law of the country they are in.

The Government’s website does not yet include information on the new UK number plates or stickers. It does however remind Britons what they must currently do if travelling abroad with a vehicle. You can check out the government guidance here.

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