TODAY the Department of Transport officially launched its green number plates, which can be fitted to zero emission vehicles (08 December 2020).
A green flash on the left hand side of the plate is the signifier for a zero emission vehicle and can be retrofitted to older cars and vans.
It comes as the Office For Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) transitions to the Office For Zero Emission Vehicles. The change in name is to align the Government department with its net zero ambitions for 2050, which includes the banning of petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030.
The green plates are part of the Government’s strategy, as Transport Minister, Rachel Maclean, explains:
We are going further and faster than any other major economy to decarbonise transport, improving air quality in our towns and cities in the process and harnessing the power of clean, green technology to end the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2050.
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.
The Government says that introduction of the new plates will raise awareness of the growing number of zero emission vehicles, as well as helping motorists benefit from local initiatives such as cheaper parking and cost-free entry into zero-emission zones. This, in turn, will assist in improving local air quality.