It was announced last week that all new and replacement photocard driving licences issued in England, Scotland and Wales will now carry the Union flag alongside the existing European Union flag. This change comes in a bid to bring “the country together”. Lord Ahamd of Wimbledon said:
“Our flag is recognised and respected around the world and is something which British people take pride in. I am delighted to see it featured on driving licences.
We are bringing the country together. Adding our national flag to British driving licences is a true celebration of one nation Britain.”
Existing licenses won’t be effected by this new addition and will remain valid and not recalled. Motorists in Northern Ireland will also be exempt from this new change as driving licensing is a devolved matter in Northern Ireland.
This latest change to driving licenses is one of several pushed through by the DVLA in recent months. Back in June the DVLA abolished paper driving licenses, which even though in principal may seem like a smart move to digitise the driving license process, has caused some confusion amongst UK’s motorists especially in regards to issues such as hiring a rental car abroad without a paper counterpart.
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