Number Plates Are Green For Go

Tue 1st Dec 2020

The Government’s incentive for electric vehicles will see zero emission cars given green number plates from next week.

The scheme which will see special registration plates with a green bar to the left of the number will be live from Tuesday 8th December, meaning any new and existing fully-electric cars could be given special privileges in the future. Some of the proposed plans include free parking in town centres, cheaper fees on toll roads and access to bus lanes.

It is hoped that the green number plates will help raise awareness of electric vehicles and encourage more members of the British public to buy them ahead of the 2030 deadline upon which all new petrol and diesel cars will be banned.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps, who drives a Tesla Model 3, is keen to see electric vehicle owners rewarded for their green thinking. He 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.”