Vehicle Number Plates: Flags

Department for Transport written question – answered on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Ranil Jayawardena Ranil Jayawardena Conservative, North East Hampshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a British number plate that incorporates the Union flag and the GB national identifier so that British cars comply with the UN's Geneva Convention on Road Traffic 1949 and Vienna Convention on Road Traffic 1968 without requiring an oval GB sticker after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The law in the United Kingdom already allows for the use of national identifiers on number plates for domestic use.

The use of a GB identifier on a number plate is recognised by countries that have signed up to the Vienna Convention.

Those countries which have not signed up to the Vienna Convention will still require the use of a GB sticker as the Convention does not include provisions for distinguishing signs in a number plate.

Therefore, advice to customers to avoid any difficulties when travelling internationally would be to use a GB sticker on their vehicle.

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