Green number plates will be applied to new electric vehicles (EV) sold in the UK from today (December 8) in a bid to drive further uptake of zero emissions transport before 2030. The Department for Transport (DfT) gave the green light for the flash of green down the left-side of UK number plates back in June, in-line with UK Government plans to ban on the sale of all new internal combustion engine (ICE) cars from 2035 and the UK’s aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Following last month’s announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the sale of all purely petrol and diesel powered new cars will be banned from 2030, with new hybrids also banned from 2035, the green plates may hold the key to a range of new incentives to lure motorists into EVs.

Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said that the green number plates build on last month’s announcement to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans in the UK by 2030. She also believes that EV operators could benefit from local initiatives such as cheaper parking and cost-free entry into zero-emission zones. She said: “Not only will green number plates raise awareness of the increasing number of cleaner vehicles on our roads, they could also unlock a number of incentives for drivers. “It’s clear there has never been a better time to make the switch to a zero-emission vehicle.”

Source: AM Online