Not so dumb question. Why do the British have a “UK” identification on their vehicle?

From now on, vehicles coming from across the Channel must carry a UK identification on the back. ©Sophie QUESNEL

It is a tradition, since they landed on June 6, 1944, with the Americans and the Canadians, many subjects of Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, make the trip, by ferry, to participate in the tributes organized on the Normandy coast.

Easily identifiable by their steering wheel on the right, English vehicles have now abandoned the sticker UK (Great Britain) in favor of a new one bearing the initials UK (United Kindom).

After 111 years of existence, since last September, the acronym UK replaced the UK on automobiles coming from across the Channel to symbolize solidarity with Northern Ireland after Brexit.

“The change of the national identifier from GB to UK symbolizes our unity as a nation and is part of a wider movement towards the use of the British identifier across government,” explained, in September to the BBC, a spokesperson for the UK Department for Transport.

Cars bearing the GB logo and circulating abroad are liable to a fine.
Cars bearing the GB logo and circulating abroad are liable to a fine. (©SQ)

If the British don’t display the letters UK on their vehicle abroad, they may be fined. However, the sanction depends on the law of the country concerned.

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