The Government has authorised the use of green numberplates to signify zero emission vehicles.
The plates will remain largely white on the front of vehicles and yellow at the back but have a green ‘flash’ (block’) at the left hand end.
The DfT said the plates would make it easier for cars to be identified as zero emission, helping councils design and put in place new policies to incentivise people to own and drive them.
“For example, drivers could benefit from local initiatives such as cheaper parking and cost-free entry into zero-emission zones where those with a green number plate will be recognised as eligible.”
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.”
The Government has also announced £12m for research and development into zero emission vehicles.
Innovate UK’s £10m Zero Emission Vehicle Innovation Competition will support advances in both battery electric and hydrogen vehicles, and in charging infrastructure.
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles is providing £2m to UK small and medium businesses to support their research into zero-emission vehicles in areas such as battery technology, which could be used by major vehicle manufacturers.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has just awarded £73m for ten low emission vehicle projects, via the Advanced Propulsion Centre.
Jaguar Land Rover will receive funding for its ‘Zeus’ project to develop a hydrogen fuel call sports utility vehicle (SUV).
Many of the other projects are focused on battery electric vehicles.
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