Wednesday 9 December 2020

Road to Zero: UK’s first green number plates launched

Road to Zero: UK’s first green number plates launched

The first green number plates for clean vehicles have hit the roads in the UK as the nation accelerates towards a zero-emission future.

They will be identifiable by a green flash on the left-hand side of the plate and can be combined with the Union flag and national identifiers already permitted by the regulations.

The new number plates can be retrofitted to any existing vehicles, including cars, vans, buses, HGVs, taxis and motorcycles as long as they emit no CO2 emissions at the tailpipe.

Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said the introduction of the new plates will raise awareness of the growing number of zero-emission vehicles as well as help motorists benefit from local initiatives such as cheaper parking and cost-free entry into zero-emission zones.

The move builds on last month's announcement to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans in the UK by 2030.

Ms Maclean added: “We are going further and faster than any other major economy to decarbonise transport, improving air quality in our towns and cities in the process and harnessing the power of clean, green technology to end the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2050.

“Not only will green number plates raise awareness of the increasing number of cleaner vehicles on our roads, they could also unlock a number of incentives for drivers. It’s clear there has never been a better time to make the switch to a zero-emission vehicle.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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