Driving-licences-to-display-Union-FlagThe government is to start displaying the Union Flag on new British driving licences as part of what it calls a drive to celebrate Britain.

The Union Flag will appear on all new photocard-type driving licences, alongside the European Union flag that already features.

The EU flag has been displayed since they were first introduced back in July 1998 and now, says the government, English, Scottish and Welsh motorists will get their own “symbolic sign of their national identity”.

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.”

More than 127 million photo card driving licences have been issued since they were introduced in 1998. The Union Flag addition will apply from the New Year.