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Consultation on green number plates for EVs launched

Date: 22 October 2019   |   Author: Sean Keywood

The government is consulting on plans to introduce green number plates for low-emission vehicles, allowing them to be easily identifiable and benefit from incentives such as free parking.

The government's preferred option is to introduce the plates for zero-emission electric and hydrogen vehicles only, but the consultation does also ask for views on introducing the plates for low-emission vehicles producing up to 50g/km of CO2 emissions, such as plug-in hybrids, either with or without a 70-mile minimum electric range requirement.

As well as free or cheaper parking, the government says the scheme could also offer drivers of green-plated cars other incentives, such as the ability to use bus lanes.

To combat the possibility of fraud, the government says that while the green colour of the plates will be a useful informal identifier for enforcement officers, formal enforcement will be done by ANPR cameras.

To ensure the green plates can be easily read by those sorts of cameras, they may in fact not be fully green, but just have a green strip at one end or a green dot or symbol.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps 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."

 Image: Department for Transport