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UK Government plans green number plates for Electric Vehicles

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Posted 25th November 2019.

An official consultation has begun within the UK Government for the proposed introduction of green number plates for zero-emissions cars.

The idea was initially proposed last year and aims to raise awareness of electric and hydrogen vehicles. Drivers will also enjoy some benefits too, with new low-emission zones, lanes and parking spaces specifically for greener cars.

If the plans go ahead the UK would join a list of countries that have already adopted the policy including China, Canada and Norway. These nations are already positively identifying zero-emissions cars separately from combustion-powered ones.

To fully understand which vehicles would be eligible for the green number plates, the Government has undergone a consultation. They will be looking at such things like the design and how such a scheme would be rolled out to existing electric vehicles and hydrogen car owners.

There has been suggested designs spread across the internet which features a fully green number plate with black lettering. There is also one with an addition of a green flash on the plate, and another with the addition of just a green dot or symbol.

“The UK is in the driving seat of global efforts to tackle vehicle emissions and climate change and improve air quality, but we want to accelerate our progress,” transport secretary Grant Shapps said of the announcement. “Green number plates are a really positive and exciting way to help everyone recognise the increasing number of electric vehicles on our roads.”

These plans are all part of the Government’s ‘Road to Zero’ strategy, a £1.5 billion investment aimed at helping the UK zero vehicle emissions by the year 2050.

According to the Department for Transport, there has been a spike in electric vehicle sales during the last year and that number continues to grow.

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