Green plates for zero emission vehicles?

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Published on 23 October 2019 by Mike Waters

The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a consultation on introducing green licence plates for zero emission vehicles.

The government has expressed the intention for the UK to become the first G7 country to legislate for achieving net zero emissions by 2050, and the £1.5 billion ‘Road to Zero Strategy’ has been launched to support this effort.

A statement on the DfT’s website explained that: “As the UK moves at pace towards net zero emissions, the initiative aims to raise awareness of the increasing number of zero tailpipe emission vehicles on UK roads, help their drivers to benefit more easily from local incentives like free or cheaper parking and encourage greater uptake of new vehicle technology.

“Through the introduction of green number plates, local authorities would have a useful visual identifier should they wish to introduce incentives to promote the use of zero emission vehicles, such as allowing these drivers to use bus lanes and to pay less for parking. A similar scheme was trialled in Ontario with drivers of electric vehicles given free access to toll lanes and high occupancy vehicle lanes. Ontario saw an increase in electric vehicle registrations.”

Commenting, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP said: “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. Green number plates are a really positive and exciting way to help everyone recognise the increasing number of electric vehicles on our roads. By increasing awareness of these vehicles and the benefits they bring to their drivers and our environment, we will turbo-charge the zero emission revolution.”

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