UK Sticker Needed to Drive to the Alps Next Winter
5th September 2021
Last modified on September 8th, 2021
Gone is the more traditional GB sticker, and in comes a UK one. GB number plates will still be valid within the EU as long as drivers display a UK sticker on the rear of their vehicle.
It is needed for any country in the EU and if you have a GB sticker you will need to cover it or remove it.
The rule will come into force on September 28th 2021 for British registered cars being driven in the EU, with the exception of driving in Ireland.
“If you’re still travelling abroad after 27 September, you’ll need to cover or remove the GB sticker and replace it with a UK sticker,” said the government.
You will need to display a UK sticker clearly on the rear of your vehicle if your number plate has any of the following:
- A GB identifier with the Union flag (also known as the Union Jack)
- A Euro symbol
- A national flag of England, Scotland or Wales
- Numbers and letters only – no flag or identifier
If your number plate includes the UK identifier with the Union flag (also known as the Union Jack), you do not need a UK sticker.
See here for further details on the government web site.
Last summer PlanetSKI wrote a feature about the pros and cons of driving to the Alps and we will be updating it in the autumn with all the latest rules and regulations.
We detect a growing interets in self-drive given the current inconveniences assoicated with air travel due to the pandemic.
Most people that drive to the Alps for skiing head to France as it is the closest part of the Alps.
Drivers coming to France from the UK need to put correctors on their headlights, while French law states that all motorists must carry with them an emergency triangle and a high-visibility, flourescent vest.
The Green Card insurance document is now not needed in France and across the EU.
The British government has registered UK, rather than GB, as its new international symbol for traffic.
“Changing the national identifier from GB to UK symbolises our unity as a nation and is part of a wider move towards using the UK signifier across government,” said a spokesman for the British Department for Transport.
The difference between Great Britain and the UK is the inclusion of Northern Ireland – GB refers only to England, Scotland and Wales while UK is England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The new UK stickers will be available online, and in post offices and garages for around £1.50.