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The rules on displaying a GB sticker on your vehicle when driving abroad have changed. So, if you are intending on driving your classic car in Europe, here’s what you need to know.

As of the 28th September 2021, UK registered vehicles driving in the EU must display a UK sticker instead of a GB sticker on the rear of the vehicle in a move to be more inclusive of Northern Ireland.

If your number plate includes the UK identifier with the Union flag, you will not need an additional UK sticker. However, a UK sticker will need to be clearly displayed on the rear of your vehicle if your number plate has either a GB identifier with the Union flag, a Euro symbol, a national flag of England, Scotland, or Wales, or numbers and letters only – i.e. no flag or identifier.

The exception to the rule is for driving in the Republic of Ireland, you do not need to display a UK sticker.

If you are driving in Spain, Cyprus, or Malta, you must still display a UK sticker regardless of other identifiers on your number plant.

So, for those with vintage style enamel or metal GB badges on their classic car, although these look great, it is important to ensure that you are now displaying the required UK sticker when driving your classic car abroad.

Source and further information can be found at Driving in the EU – GOV.UK (

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