Going green: number plates to get a makeover

Zero emission vehicles will be fitted with green number plates in an effort to raise awareness and encourage more drivers to consider them


Green number plates will roll out in autumn 2020, the Transport Secretary has confirmed, as part of the Government’s plans to hit net zero emissions by 2050. 

Green number plates will also help incentivise ownership of zero emission vehicles by enabling local authorities to plan and introduce measures to benefit owners of zero-emission vehicles. 

These might include cheaper parking and free entry to zero-emission zones, and the new plates, which will have a green strip on the left side, will help identify those eligible for such initiatives. 

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “A green recovery is key to helping us achieve our net zero carbon commitments while also promoting economic growth.

“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.

“We’re supporting small businesses to develop the transport tech of the future through a multi-million pound investment, ensuring that UK businesses remain at the forefront of low carbon innovation and research.”

This news has come off the back of a consultation with the public, local authorities and industry stakeholders, who all gave their input on how best to introduce the green plates.

Similar plates are already used in Canada, Norway and China to incentivise ownership of green vehicles.

It’s also been announced that £12 million of funding is available for research into the zero-emission market, for developing more environmentally-friendly vehicles and more efficient charging. 

If you’re thinking about making the switch to a greener car before the 2035 ban on new diesel and petrol cars, take a look at our eco-friendly car comparison tool. You can compare your current car to a clean car to see the stats and how much money you could save if you switched.

Need some help deciding on a greener car? No problem, check out our bumper guide to finding the right green car.

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