National flags allowed on car numberplatesGood news for patriotic drivers

27 April 2009

Numberplate laws have changed to allow national flags

Numberplate laws have changed to allow national flags

A change in the law means motorists in England, Scotland and Wales can now display national flags on their numberplates.

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Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon said that, from Monday, drivers will able to choose numberplates that show the Union Jack, St George’s Cross, Saltire or Red Dragon of Wales.

'The display of our national flags is a healthy expression of the pride we have in our country,' Hoon said. 'It is right that motorists are now able to celebrate this pride by displaying flags on their numberplates and I look forward to seeing our national symbols on cars around the country.'

GB stickers

In order to drive in Europe, motorists with the new national flag numberplates will still have to display a separate, oval-shaped GB sticker. Alternatively, they can choose a numberplate which features the letters ‘GB’ encircled by stars on a blue background.

National flags have to be displayed on the left-hand side of numberplates, which must continue to meet strict rules regarding the font, character size and spacing used.


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