The European Parliament is considering proposals for a common design for all EU vehicle number plates and is calling for vehicles and number plates to be fitted with ‘identification tags’, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
The Daily Mail says there is “opposition from motoring groups and fears about the cost of replacing existing plates with a new design”.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Syed Kamall, leader of Britain’s Conservative MEPs, said: “We aim to keep our number plates just as they are, thank you.
“You can bet your life the common design would incorporate the EU flag. The Eurocrats have failed to force us to put their symbol on our sports shirts or to fly it above our public buildings – now they are trying make it compulsory on our cars. Most British motorists want British number plates – not European ones.”
The proposal emerged in European Parliament documents seen by the Daily Mail.
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 businesses when transferring their vehicles from one Member State to another could be further offset if there were a possibility of equipping their vehicles with number plates in common colours.”
Simon Williams, spokesman for the RAC, told the Daily Mail: “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.”