UK number plates may be AXED by the EU

EU plans which could lead to the scrapping of the 110-year-old British licence plate design were condemned last night. The European Parliament is considering proposals for a common European design for all vehicle number plates. It also calls for all vehicles and number plates to be fitted with 'identification tags'.

'Most British motorists want British number plates - not European ones.'The move has also raised fears Europe could force all licence plates to carry the EU flag, all cars could be forced to comply to EU number plate regulations - including possibly the EU flag.
The proposal emerged in new documents from the European Parliament seen by the Daily Mail. They were inserted into simpler plans supposed to make it easier for people to register vehicles in a different EU country, to improve trade in cars and free movement around the continent.

The documents state: 'The Commission should consider whether the cross-border trade in and free movement of vehicles could be further increased by introducing safeguards against fraudulent use of number plates and by equipping vehicles and their number plates with identification tags.'
'The Commission could also consider whether the obstacles faced by citizens and businesseswhen transferring their vehicles from one Member State to another could be further offset f there were a possibility of equipping their vehicles with number plates in common colours.'

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: 'The British number plate is simple, highly effective and, while it has changed several times over the years, has been part of our driving heritage for 110 years.'
'While there are clearly benefits to be had from having the same style of number plate throughout Europe with identification tags to stop fraud, it would be a real shame to lose ours.'

'It ought to be possible to come up with a set of common guidelines that allow countries to adapt their number plates slightly without going for full standardisation.

'If that really has to be the way, perhaps the UK's number plates should form the basis of a new harmonised standard, especially as several other countries already use a very clear format closely resembling ours.'