A new change to the appearance of driving licences issued by the UK’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) was introduced yesterday. Any new EU format photocard licence issued from now on will now carry an image of the Union Jack flag on its front.
Announcing the change, transport-minister Claire Perry stated all Britons were proud of their heritage and the Union Jack was a celebration of this. She continued by saying she was delighted driving licences issued by the DVLA now carried an image of the national emblem.
The minister finished off by saying she would be proud to show her new licence. The move to include an image of a British flag on licences was first put forward during the previous coalition government with prime-minister David Cameron giving it his full support.
When the proposal was first mooted, the Department for Transport backed the idea of putting the national symbols for England, Wales and Scotland on licences issued for people living in the three nations. In the end, this proposal was scrapped as it was deemed too expensive.
Adding the Union Jack is estimated to have cost £188,000. When the first UK photocard licences were issued back in 1998, they only carried an image of the EU flag with UK inscribed on it.
The EU symbol is still a feature of DVLA licences and the agency says there are no plans to change this. The new feature does not affect licences issued by Northern Ireland’s Driver & Vehicle Agency as it is independent of the DVLA.