Green number plates spotted across UK – but what do they mean?


Green number plates spotted across UK – but what do they mean?

Green number plates were rolled out across the UK in late 2020, but they are still uncommon, and few people are familiar with exactly what they mean.

Here’s what you need to know:

Green number plates have been introduced for use on electric or zero-emission vehicle.

The transport secretary Grant Shapps confirmed that they were being introduced back in June 2020 as part of plans to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

The roll out began in December 2020.

Speaking at the time, Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said: “It’s clear there has never been a better time to make the switch to a zero-emission vehicle”

“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,” added a spokesperson.

In the future, it is thought that those using zero-emission vehicles will be incentivised through cheaper parking.

The government hopes this will promote the purchase of electric vehicles.

The government has also announced a £12m research scheme to support the zero-emission market. The investment will go towards developing greener vehicles and help improve vehicle charging technology.

In order to be eligible to get a green strip number plate you have to have an electric vehicle.

Plug-ins and hybrids are not currently eligible.

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