First, check out the new Union Jack license plates as the EU flag disappears from UK cars after Brexit
- The flags of the European Union have been removed from the new license plates
- Transportation Secretary Grant Schapps tweeted an image of new designs on a green license plate specifically for electric vehicles
- Photo card driving licenses no longer show the EU flag, replaced by “UK”
- Makeover “marks the beginning of a new chapter for Britain,” says the government
The flags of the European Union have been removed from UK license plates and driving licenses and replaced with the Union Jack.
The move was confirmed by Transport Secretary Grant Schapps, who tweeted a picture of what the UK’s cars will look like without the EU symbol on a green EV license plate.
Drivers will see the new look of new batches issued from January 1st.
A spokesman for the Department of Transportation said: “UK driver’s licenses and license plates have been revised to mark the beginning of a new chapter for the UK.
Transport Secretary Grant Schapps poses with a new green EV license plate and confirmed that the new license plates will have UK flags
Mr Schapps tweeted what the new license plate design will look like on new batches
“The new designs coincide with the start of a series of recent agreements between the UK and Member States for UK drivers that will make it easier for Brits to drive in the EU when existing restrictions end.”
The agreement with the 27 EU countries plus Switzerland and Norway will make it easy for the British to drive abroad and it will dispense with the need for an international driver’s license of £ 5.50.
Grant Shapps also pioneered the requirement for electric cars to display license plates with the green flash on the left, which was introduced towards the end of 2020.
This will act as an incentive for drivers to switch to zero-emission vehicles such as the Tesla Model 3 owned by Mr Shapps.
On conventional petrol and diesel cars, the Union Jack is displayed on signs without a green flash.
In a statement from the Secretary of Transportation, he said: “The change in the design of our driver’s licenses and license plates is a historic moment for British drivers and a confirmation of our independence from the EU one year after we left.
“Looking ahead, be it for work or vacation abroad, these changes mean that those who want to drive in the EU can continue to do so with ease.”
He also tweeted a picture of a new license plate, writing, “What the new UK license plate looks like, with the EU flag and GB replacing the EU symbol. The green background indicates a fully electric vehicle. ‘
Old plates can still be used on the continent.
New driver’s licenses now show “UK” instead of the EU flag in the top left corner
The Department of Transportation also shared a picture of what revised driver’s licenses look like now.
As with license plates, the EU flag in the upper left corner of the pink plastic cards has been removed and replaced with “UK”. A Union Jack was shown on the right side of the photo cards before January 1st.
While the old driver’s licenses are still valid, the new versions will be issued to anyone renewing their photo card or receiving one for the first time.