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Union flag to fly on driving licences

Written by: Neil

Motorists across the country will soon be able to fly the Union flag with pride every time they take out their photocard driving licence, following an announcement from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

More than 127 million photocard licences have been issued in the UK since their first introduction in 1998, with the European Union flag having featured since their launch.

However, coming into force from January 1st, anyone who receives a new driving licence or updates the details of their current licence will be issued with a new photocard featuring both the British and European Union flags.

Transport minister Claire Perry 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 move will apply to all drivers across Scotland, England and Wales, and will ensure those travelling abroad are able to produce a symbolic sign of their national identity when called upon, without the need to carry their passport with them.

It forms part of a raft of changes that are now being implemented for UK motorists, including the abolition of the paper counterpart licence that is to come into effect from June next year and the development of a new online service from DVLA to enable all road users to more easily access their driving records.


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