New UK Numbers Plates For Travelling In EU From 28th September
September 2021 there will be further revisions to number plates and what you need to display when driving your car in the EU post BREXIT.
Before BREXIT an EU sticker or plate could be displayed, from 1st January 2021 after BREXIT the requirement was changed, and you needed to display A GB plate or GB sticker. The requirement is now being changed again, and you will need to have a ‘UK’ number plate or display a UK sticker from the 28th of September.
Do I need to change my number plates if I want to drive my car in an EU country and I don’t have a UK plate?
No, you don’t need to go to the expense of getting new plates, but you will need to purchase and display ‘UK’ stickers.
Why has the requirement changed from ‘GB’ to ‘UK’?
The government said the changes are specifically to include Northern Ireland. Strictly speaking Great Britain is England, Scotland and Wales as a collective whereas the UK includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The changes haven’t gone down well in some quarters, if you’ve bought GB stickers in anticipation of travelling across Europe in your car after the 28thSept deadline, they won’t be much use and you’ll need to get some new UK ones.
Manufacturers and sellers are also going to be stuck with stockpiles of GB number plates and the AA said they have a stockpile of 50,000 ‘GB’ stickers which will be rendered useless.