From next summer, all new or updated driving licences in the UK will feature the Union Flag
Darren Moss
30 December 2014

Driving licences in the UK will be changed to include a depiction of the Union Flag, the government has announced.

The changes, which apply to motorists in England, Scotland and Wales who either apply for a new driving licence or update their details, will take place around summer next year.

The announcement was made by transport minister Claire Perry, who said: "People in this country rightly take pride in our national flag, which is why I am delighted it will now be displayed on British driving licences."

"Celebrating Britain strengthens our sense of national identity and our unity. I will feel proud to carry my new licence and I hope others will too."

The European Union flag, which has been in use on photographic driving licences since 1998, will continue to feature as well. 

It's already known that from June next year, the paper counterpart driving licence will be phased out, leaving motorists with just the photocard.

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30 December 2014
They might be taking it off.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

30 December 2014
Where are they going to put the European Union flag if the Union Flag is also on this credit card sized license? And why would we need both? Typical government stupidity have one or the other, or should we include all the flags of our commonwealth countries also for parity?

30 December 2014
During routine road check in North Carolina, the traffic cops asked me to pull over where I then found myself in amongst a group of South American illegal workers. When asked to show my driving licence, the officer said "this licence ain't valid in North Carolina" and I was asked to get out the car. Despite my strong Scottish accent (they thought I was Swedish!) and pleas that my British licence was valid in every American State, it was only when I threatened to report them and their complete ignorance of the law to their State governor and British Embassy, did they let me go on my way. Will a picture of the Union Jack make any difference? possibly, because the North Carolina police dept sure can't read.

30 December 2014
scotty5 wrote:

During routine road check in North Carolina, the traffic cops asked me to pull over where I then found myself in amongst a group of South American illegal workers. When asked to show my driving licence, the officer said "this licence ain't valid in North Carolina" and I was asked to get out the car. Despite my strong Scottish accent (they thought I was Swedish!)

Did you look like a meatballheid? ;)

Saltire for me, please!

Where has all Japanese design went to?

30 December 2014
...playing to the UKIP agenda. Anyone would think there is a general election coming...oh, wait a minute...

30 December 2014
...they should instead use the space to show endorsements and save drivers the trouble of having to carry the paper counterpart in order to be able to rent a car.

30 December 2014
I can see all the nasty SNP Scottish independence supporters objecting to the addition of the flag! During the referendum the saltire made you feel sick the way it had been hijacked; it made you embarrassed to be associated with it. It was when I drove past someone's house who had put up the union flag did I realise I'm prouder to be British than Scottish. That the union flag is the one I would rather be associated with.

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30 December 2014
Grow up Grahamski. How about people in Wales or England that would rather have their own flag.

30 December 2014
As a Scot based in America, do you ever write letters to the people back home? A couple of your fellow countrymen would appear to be eager for you to do so.

30 December 2014
Although I emigrated to Canada many years ago I am still proudly Scottish.However things have moved on and my family definitely voted "Better Together" in the referendum.My sister in law threatened to move to England if the vote had gone the other way.
I still have an old [expired} Saudi license and have used it to confuse cops who have no idea it is illegal in US and cannot read Arabic so don't know it is expired.I also have a UK license which I keep safely as here I should have turned it in many years ago.

Madmac

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