A GB sticker is just one of the things you’ll need if you’re planning on driving in Europe.
Wherever you drive in mainland Europe you’ll need to display the GB symbol in some way on your vehicle. Whether you’re driving a motorcycle, car, motorhome or towing a caravan, boat or trailer it’s illegal not to have one on the rear of your vehicle.
There are a variety of different types that you can use including GB Stickers that simply stick on your car, GB magnetic plates and ones that fit on your number plate called Europlates.
Europlates became legal from 2001 but must comply with the British Standard (BS AU 145d).
Europlates are only legally recognised in the EU and this may change under BREXIT. It is still a requirement to display a GB sticker when travelling outside the EU and following BREXIT this may become the norm again.
The reason you need to display the GB symbol is that it’s compulsory by law internationally. Whenever a vehicle travels in a country other than where it’s registered it must display its country of origin.
Driving in France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain or elsewhere on mainland Europe have specific rules. Having a GB marking on your vehicle however, is relevant in all countries.
Having a GB marking allows both officials and police to distinguish foreign vehicles quickly and easily.
Vehicles found not to have a GB Sticker, magnetic plate of number plate sticker may incur a fine.
Before you start to apply your GB sticker there are three things you need to do.
Firstly you must pick the area that you’re going to apply your ticker. It should be on the rear of your vehicle, preferably on a flat piece of bodywork.
Secondly, ensure the area is clean of dirt and dust and completely dry as you want the adhesive to stick firmly to your vehicle.
Finally, apply the sticker using a sponge or cloth to push out all of the air bubbles.