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Bumper Brexit? Drivers with Welsh flag number plates to be forced to use ‘UK’ sticker when abroad

26 Sep 2021 2 minutes Read
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Number plates in Wales displaying the Welsh dragon or Cymru symbols will be forced to add new ‘UK’ stickers when driving abroad.

The new rule that will come in on 28 September will only apply to those with a Euro symbol or Welsh, Scottish or England flag on their number plate – or who have no flag identifier at all.

Only numberplates with the Union Jack on them will be exempt from the rule change.

Commentators have slammed the UK Government for bringing in the ‘zero gain’ new rule, which is thought to be to bring Northern Ireland into the regulations.

But there has been speculation that the move is due to many people having numberplates with both ‘GB’ and the ‘EU’ flags on them.

Edwin Hayward author of ‘Slaying Brexit Unicorns’ tweeted: “For absolutely no reason other than because they can, the Tories have decided all car number plates in the UK have to switch from “GB” to “UK” identifiers come the 28th of September 2021 for anyone who wants to travel abroad.

“Cost and hassle for zero gain.”

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Drivers can currently display flags on the left-hand side of the number plate such as the Red Dragon of Wales,  the Cross of St Andrew – also known as the Saltire, Union flag (also known as the Union Jack) or the Cross of St George.

The currently permitted identifiers are:

  • CYMRU, Cymru, CYM or Cym
  • WALES or Wales
  • SCOTLAND, Scotland, SCO or Sco
  • ENGLAND, England, ENG, Eng
  • GREAT BRITAIN, Great Britain or GB
  • UNITED KINGDOM, United Kingdom or UK

The flag must be above the identifier, must not be on the number plate margin, and neither can be more than 50 millimeters wide.

The UK government website states that drivers may need a GB sticker or a UK sticker to drive outside the UK depending on when and where they’re driving.

They are not required in Ireland, or if the number plate displays the Union Flag, but when driving in Spain, Cyprus or Malta, a UK sticker must be displayed no matter what is on the number plate.

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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
27 days ago

There must be a room full of people in Westminster beavering away at thinking up things to annoy us…like the Henry 11 thing !

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
27 days ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Who takes a car to Malta, you can walk round it in a day. When I was there they still had those beautiful old buses !

Erisian
Erisian
27 days ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Anybody would think they want to break up the so-called ‘union’.

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
27 days ago
Reply to  Erisian

Makes me support independence for Wales even more, the same thing with driving licences now

hdavies15
hdavies15
27 days ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

The same room full of dopey types who dreamt up the idea that working in UK driving a truck for 3 months leading up to Xmas then having to buzz off back to EU will be attractive to truckers already gainfully employed. Collective thickness beyond measurement !

Sion Cwilt
Sion Cwilt
27 days ago

Is this a demand from the EU, or individual member states? If not, and it’s purely Tory idiocy, then mass disobedience could stymie enforcement.

In any case it would only be a minor offence, and I’m sure those who would be expected to enforce the rule are far too busy with other things.

Those electric scooters that seem to be proliferating despite not being road legal, or their riders in possession of a driving licence, insurance and the vehicle registered are a far more serious concern and yet the law isn’t being enforced there.

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
26 days ago
Reply to  Sion Cwilt

I assumed it must be an individual EU member state thing otherwise why no need for a sticker in France or Germany etc.. Also, who is going to stop and fine the drivers? Not the UK police because they will be back here! So it must be the police in Spain, Cyprus and Malta, even though Malta is British?? Another example of the government not making things clear and confusing everybody.

Paul
Paul
26 days ago
Reply to  Huw Davies

Malta is an independent country. It is most definitely not British.

Charlie Farmer
Charlie Farmer
27 days ago

With GB leaving the EU it was always going to become necessary to create a new identifier for UK cars, hence UK.

Yet another peripheral and unconsidered consequence of Brexit.

Nicholas
Nicholas
27 days ago
Reply to  Charlie Farmer

You misunderstand. This is being enforced by the British government. The European Union isn’t calling for it, and license plates don’t require flags period.

Brexit’s got nothing to do with it.

Last edited 27 days ago by Nicholas
Y Cymro
Y Cymro
27 days ago

More Unionist jackboot diplomacy. If it’s not demanding Union Flags be draped over everything in Wales, now Gestapo-like want to taint our Y Ddraig Goch by enforcing their imperialist banner on our Welsh licence plates. To counter this. I want the Senedd to pass a law that requires drivers from England to place a Welsh Flag sticker on their number plates when crossing our border. No doubt with my suggestion the reactionary Tories led by Andrew RT ” I cannot differentiate between Brexit & Breakfast” Davies along with his Whitehall-loving whingers in the Senedd, would most certainly lambast this idea,… Read more »

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
27 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

007 type plates if you live in Llanymynech…

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
27 days ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Yes, a possibility. And I’d put an ejector charge under every Tory Senedd seat, then launch the little buggers over the border into England where they belong. But no doubt they’d find their way back and add the cost of the trip onto their expenses.

Nicholas
Nicholas
27 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

English flags aren’t allowed either. This isn’t exclusively anti-welsh as the headline suggests, it’s anti-nation.

Dafydd Evans
Dafydd Evans
26 days ago
Reply to  Nicholas

You’re forgetting that the most prominent part of the Onion Jack is the English flag of St George – which is superimposed on top of the others – we offcourse are not even represented on their so called uonion flag!

Cymraes
Cymraes
24 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Whilst I’m certainly no Tory, your comment is a bit confusing. Even before Brexit, when driving abroad in the EU, if you had a CYM number plate, you were still required to have a ‘GB’ sticker, as per EU Rules. This has always been the standard. The change to ‘UK’ stickers is simply to better include Northern Ireland, and is only required by EU Countries when travelling abroad. You are not required to have the Union Flag at all, or ever put on a UK sticker if you never drive your car in the EU. So what seems to be… Read more »

Llywelyn ein Llyw Nesaf
Llywelyn ein Llyw Nesaf
27 days ago

Hang on…the UK government setting rules for something outside the UK? What? Surely it’s a matter for the government of the country being visited?

Charles L. Gallagher
Charles L. Gallagher
27 days ago

I’ve long thought about replacing my number plates and this is the last straw. I’ll be getting full Scottishized number plates tomorrow and HELL MEND THEM!!!

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
27 days ago

I refuse to remove my HAY sticker which indicates that I am a citizen of the independent kingdom.

Geoff Horton-Jones
Geoff Horton-Jones
27 days ago

God in Heaven who will enforce this nonsense.
This summer has seen a massive increase in vehicles with modified number plates that really are such that the vehicle has no insurance and by implication no lawful taxation or MoT.
To my knowledge they appear to have total exemption from law enforcement

Slacker
Slacker
26 days ago

Please quote the law which states that an illegal number plate invalidates the driver’s tax, MOT and insurance. Of course, you won’t be able to do this, because you are talking absolute nonsense.

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
26 days ago
Reply to  Slacker

Dan Hutson, Head of Motor Insurance at Compare the Market, has warned any illegal modifications risks “invalidating” insurance. “Modifications which are against the law are likely to invalidate any type of car insurance policy, so do your research beforehand.” He should know.

Check you insurance policy small print.

Slacker
Slacker
26 days ago
Reply to  Huw Davies

Waffle from an insurance salesman isn’t law. Please try again.

John Davies
John Davies
27 days ago

I very much doubt if a European traffic cop is going to want to enforce Johnson’s latest bright idea for him. So the only point at which it is relevant is when clearing English customs inward and outward bound. Might I suggest the necessary UK sticker, held to the car by magnetic strips, put in place just before clearing customs and removed just after? They are already used for L plates, after all.

Last edited 27 days ago by John Davies
David Smith
David Smith
27 days ago

The last, desperate scramblings of a regime which knows its days are numbered

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
26 days ago

No problem….if I ever go abroad, i’ll cover it with a Welsh sticker when I get off the ferry. My car will display what I want it to display – thank you !

Cymraes
Cymraes
24 days ago
Reply to  Steve Duggan

Very weird. If you’re in a foreign country, one must respect their rules, which include the sticker for the sovereign nation the car is registered to, i.e. ‘UK’.

You can of course have a Welsh sticker in addition to it if you wish.

Slacker
Slacker
21 days ago
Reply to  Cymraes

Read the article. It’s not ‘their’ rule – it’s the Tories. So ‘they’ aren’t going to enforce it – no-one is.

Mathew Rees
Mathew Rees
26 days ago

Yawn. This has been the case for decades.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
25 days ago
Reply to  Mathew Rees

If so, does it mean it has to continue?

Hogyn y Gogledd
Hogyn y Gogledd
26 days ago

If I use my black marker pen to add an “F” before and a “C” between the letters of UK, will that be okay?

Erasmus
Erasmus
26 days ago

Culture war?
It’s the LAW you signed up for, debated on, voted on and ratified.
You won.
Now go and be happy.

Cai Wogan Jones
Cai Wogan Jones
26 days ago

Could someone please design an accompanying sticker reading:-

Légalement tenu de l'afficher. Désolé.
Cai Wogan Jones
Cai Wogan Jones
26 days ago

Or simply:-

Apposé sous la contrainte, pas à volonté

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