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Green number plates for clean cars hit the roads today

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Green number plates for cleaner vehicles can be seen on UK roads from today as part of the government’s plan for net zero emissions by 2050.

The green number plates have a green flash on the left-hand side along with the Union flag. They’re available for zero-emission vehicles only.

In October last year, the government announced its proposals for green number plates, and they were expected to be introduced in autumn this year.

The move for separate number plates aims to raise awareness of electric cars, encourage drivers to switch to electric vehicles and to help achieve the government’s plan of net zero emissions by 2050.

It will also make it easier to identify zero emission vehicles which in turn could lead to cheaper parking and free entry into zero-emission zones, for example.

Transport minister, Rachel Maclean, added that it builds on the government’s announcement last month to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK by 2030 – 10 years earlier than envisaged.

Maclean said: “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 new number plates can be retro-fitted to any existing vehicles, including cars, vans, buses, HGVs, taxis and motorcycles as long as they emit zero CO2 emissions at the tailpipe.

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