It seems that from September 2021, the GB plate that’s on the back of your car will no longer be valid, instead, you’ll need a UK plate and whose clever idea was this, I’m forced to ask.

The United Nations, said it had received a notification stating that the United Kingdom is changing the distinguishing sign which we have used for years on vehicles registered in the United Kingdom, from GB to UK.

Apparently GB refers to Great Britain, which includes England, Scotland and Wales, while UK refers to the United Kingdom, which is Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

I had never thought that GB did not include Northern Ireland and having now left the EU I have been replacing all my car number plates that have the EU logo with GB and the Union Flag, commonly known as the Union Jack.

I do not want a UK plate as we are becoming less and less united with every passing day and changing a number plate from GB to UK is not going to stop the Scottish people from demanding independence.

I am more than happy with my new GREAT BRITAIN plates which I think represents the way I feel about the country, it is GREAT that’s why every migrant who walks all the way from the other side of the world doesn’t stop in all the countries they have passed through but continues until they manage to get into GREAT BRITAIN.

Curious Questions: How can you tell if the Union Jack is upside down? -  Country Life


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  1. Does that mean that GBA, GBG, GBJ, GBM, and GBZ will also change, and I wonder how many people are going to be making excess profits from the changeover?

  2. SueW says:

    You don’t need to do anything Joe unless you are intending to take your vehicles abroad.

    • I know but I will be taking it abroad eventually!

      • SueW says:

        My new car, just three weeks old came with the GB plate and Union Jack , then I re-registered it to my private plate which funnily enough is a Northern Ireland plate that I purchased 25 years ago, the dealership kindly made a new GB plate.
        Like you I always assumed Northern Ireland was included in GB.
        I’m unlikely to be taking my car out of the country so I’ll stick with the GB plate.

      • I’m sticking with the GB plates but when I go abroad I might take a chance with the GB plates and keep a magnetic UK sticker in the boot, although the French police can be a bit stroppy, I may decide that discretion is the better part of valour and stick the thing on the boot. You may already know if you go to France and use your sat nav which has the speed cameras and they catch you the Police can take your car away. I usually work on the principal that if the occasion arose my wife would quickly bung the thing in the glove box and we would sit there looking innocent!

      • SueW says:

        My last car had the sat-nav built in and warned me about speed cameras. The new one has a sat-nav but it doesn’t tell me about speed cameras, though it flashes the speed limit if I go over, trouble is that warning could be too late!

      • Eventually we will have average speed cameras everywhere or all the cars will be fitted with a tracker and a device to stop you exceeding the speed limit, this will be my idea of Hell. Friends of mine who like cars and are of a similar age are all hoping we will be dead by then, although sadly I have a nasty feeling we won’t be.

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