Green number plates are set to be rolled out from autumn, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed today, under plans to drive a green economic recovery.
As part of the government’s plans to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, drivers will be encouraged to make the switch to electric vehicles through the introduction of green number plates.
The plates will make it easier for cars to be identified as zero emission vehicles, helping local authorities design and put in place new policies to incentivise people to own and drive them.
For example, drivers could benefit from local initiatives such as cheaper parking and cost-free entry into zero-emission zones where those with a green number plate will be recognised as eligible.
The plates will be identifiable by a green flash on the left-hand side and will be available for zero emission vehicles only.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:
“A green recovery is key to helping us achieve our net zero carbon commitments while also promoting economic growth.
“Green number plates could unlock a number of incentives for drivers and increase awareness of cleaner vehicles on our roads, showing people that a greener transport future is within our grasp.
”We’re supporting small businesses to develop the transport tech of the future through a multi-million pound investment, ensuring that UK businesses remain at the forefront of low carbon innovation and research.’’
This follows the conclusion of a consultation, inviting comments from the public, local authorities and industry stakeholders from a range of sectors including motoring and consumer groups and vehicle manufacturers on how best to introduce green number plates.
To further accelerate the government’s plans to drive a green recovery, £12million funding for research into the zero-emission market has also been announced to develop greener vehicles and help improve vehicle charging technology.
Steve Gooding, Director of the RAC Foundation, said:
“Some drivers might be attracted to a green licence plate as a badge of honour. But the goal must be for such plates to be the rule rather than the exception and that still depends on battery-powered cars becoming as cheap to buy and practical to use as petrol and diesel cars. Alongside this move ministers must decide where they stand on the long term availability of the plug-in car grant, the provision of public chargepoints – particularly rapid chargers – and a possible scrappage scheme to accelerate a turnover of the fleet.”
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