Bumper Brexit? Drivers with Welsh flag number plates to be forced to use ‘UK’ sticker when abroad
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.
This is purely culture war BS so people need to actually go out of their way to get rid of these pic.twitter.com/tz7XWtQhEv
— Chris Miller (@chrismiller_uk) September 26, 2021
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.”
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.