In what seems to us to be a perfect example of the UK Government introducing new driving regulations “just for the sake of it” we have yet another rule change for driving on the continent.
From 28th Sept 2021 vehicles and anything being towed should now display a “UK” Sticker as the country identifier not the old-style GB sticker or previous GB/Euro flag type ones.
You can buy the new UK stickers and UK Number plate stickers via our sister website Euro Motoring.
When Brexit came into force (January 2021) the old-style GB Stickers and the GB number plate ones with the Euro Stars flag were no longer valid and everyone driving in France and beyond had to have the plain white GB Sticker on their vehicles and trailers.
Your number plates could no longer have the GB letters with the EU Flag around it and had to be replaced with the Union Jack and the GB letters.
Now just a few short months later the rules have changed again.
If you are annoyed that it isn’t that long since you went to the expense and trouble of ordering new number plates and or GB stickers, spare a thought for people like us who will be throwing literally thousands of them in the bin on the 28th Sept.
Touch wood we have managed to source some new stock, though our normal supply chain isn’t what it was.
As always, your car needs a country-of-origin identifier, it has now just changed to a new “UK” sticker.
For number plates the UK letters are required as well as the Union Jack flag.
For a full list of the other requirements, such as headlamp converter stickers etc, please see our “Checklist” page.
On or after 28 September 2021
You will need to display a UK sticker clearly on the rear of your vehicle without exception in Spain, Cyprus or Malta.
For other European countries like France, Germany etc, merely having the new UK and Union Jack on your number plate is sufficient.
If you don’t have the new UK number plate stickers, then you must have a full-size UK sticker on the rear of your vehicle.
All “old style” number plate identifiers, or no identifier at all is now illegal.
Old style ones include a GB identifier with the Union flag, the Euro flag, any national flag for England, Wales, or Scotland.
Again, if your number plate has the new UK identifier with the Union Jack then you are not required to have a full size UK sticker on your vehicle for France but you are for Spain etc so our advice is to be safe just get one anyway.
If you have an old GB sticker, you need to cover or remove it. Be careful of the paintwork if removing a sticker.
Where possible I put mine on the rear window as they are easily removeable or use one of the magnetic UK plates.
You can read more information about these changes on the UK Government website here. Displaying Number Plates, Flags, Symbols & Identifiers.