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GB car stickers are being swapped to UK versions from September

GB car stickers are being swapped to UK versions from September

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A GB sticker or magnet will have been a familiar sight for many who take their cars abroad, but later in the year drivers will be required to have a new UK sticker.

A GB sticker or magnet will have been a familiar sight for many who take their cars abroad, but later in the year drivers will be required to have a new UK sticker before heading on the continent. That’s because from September 28, 2021, these GB signs will no longer be valid, with British motorists instead needing a ‘UK’ sticker or badge on their vehicle. These are already being introduced for new cars on their number plates, though are optional for driving within the UK, which is why not all vehicles have them. 

Image Of The A Car With UK Sticker

As outlined by the United Nations, the UK is “changing its distinguishing sign that it had previously selected for display in international traffic on vehicles registered in the United Kingdom from ‘GB’ to ‘UK’”. No official reason for the change has been announced, but it’s thought it is a way of showing solidarity with Northern Ireland. That’s because Great Britain only denotes England, Scotland and Wales, while the UK also includes Northern Ireland. 

 

The decision has angered some, though – not least motoring organisation the AA, which says it has 50,000 of the GB stickers in stock that are essentially worthless now. The new stickers will be available online and from post offices, costing around £1.50.