Going green: number plates to get a makeover?


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Green vehicles, such as electric and hydrogen cars, vans and taxis, could be fitted with green number plates in an effort to raise awareness and encourage more drivers to consider them.


Similar plates are already used in Canada, Norway and China, and are thought to help promote awareness of green vehicles. The aim is also for green registration plates to help local incentives for electric vehicles, such as charging bays and lanes or zones specifically for low-emission vehicles.

This suggestion forms part of the Zero Emission Vehicle Summit, which takes place on 11 and 12 September 2018. The summit aims to bring countries all over the world together to discuss how to take action and reduce travel emissions.

The summit is part of the Government’s Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, which aims to:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas
  • Make travel safer
  • Improve accessibility
  • Increase economic opportunities for the UK

One of the items up for discussion is the possible design for the green registration plates. Suggestions include making both plates fully green, making either the front or back plate green, or including a green symbol.  

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “Adding a green badge of honour to these new clean vehicles is a brilliant way of helping increase awareness of their growing popularity in the UK, and might just encourage people to think about how one could fit into their own travel routine.”

If you’re thinking about making the switch to a greener car before the 2040 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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