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Green light for new number plate design

As the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps has confirmed, green number plates will be a common sight on the UK roads in the autumn.


Which vehicles qualify?

All zero-emission vehicles will qualify for the new green number plates. The scheme will cover new registrations as well as being able to be retrofitted to an existing zero-emissions vehicle.

What is a green number plate?

The format and registration will not change from the current number plates in the UK. A green region to the left of the registration plate is to be added as illustrated.

Why is the government introducing green number plates?

The government has laid out a plan to be net-zero by 2050. The introduction of green number plates makes zero-emission vehicles more identifiable and enables local authorities to put new policies in place to incentivise the uptake in electric vehicles.

In a statement Grant Shapps said, “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.”

What are the benefits?

The government hasn’t offered specific benefits, and local authorities will be left to decide the incentives locally. Incentives such as cheaper parking and free entry into zero-emission zones are possibilities, but any specific details have yet to be released.

In addition to this new scheme, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) plans to further increase the drive to net-zero with a £12 million fund for ground-breaking research in the area. Innovation UK is holding a Zero Emissions Vehicle Innovation Competition where businesses can apply for funding to support advancements in charging infrastructure, battery technology and hydrogen vehicles.

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