Government says green plates would be a 'badge of honour' and make it easier to enforce low emission zones
James Attwood, digital editor
9 September 2018

Low emission vehicles could be given green number plates, under new plans outlined by the Government.

The scheme would involve ultra-low emission cars, vans and taxis – including electrified and hydrogen machines – being fitted with special plates to make them more visible. It is designed to raise awareness of such machines, and to support schemes such as low emission zones, vehicle lanes and parking spaces

The Department for Transport has launched a consultation on the scheme, which is similar to systems already in place in Norway, Canada and China. 

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Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: “The UK has a proud history of leading the world in technological advances and that is no different for ultra low emission vehicles, where we are at the forefront of innovation and testing. This new cleaner, greener transport has the potential to bring with it cleaner air, a better environment and stronger economies for countries around the world.

“Adding a green badge of honour to these new clean vehicles is a brilliant way of helping increase awareness of their growing popularity in the UK, and might just encourage people to think about how one could fit into their own travel routine.”

The consultation will also consider a potential design for the plates, with the DfT suggesting that they could be entirely green on the front, back or both, or could simply feature a special green symbol.

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9 September 2018

Of course this will only represent the goverments current view of what is green. Until recently this would have been based on CO2 and pretty much all diesels would have had green plates. They would now all need a recall to fit black ones

9 September 2018
artill wrote:

Of course this will only represent the goverments current view of what is green. Until recently this would have been based on CO2 and pretty much all diesels would have had green plates. They would now all need a recall to fit black ones

The ~10% CO2 improvement of a diesel engine vs. non-hybrid petrol isn't particularly green by today's standards.

10 September 2018

If EVs will get green plates, Diesel should get black coloured ones and petrol red? Yeah, would be cool to identify a car powertrain by the colour of its namber plate.

9 September 2018

 Instead of a Green badge, number plate, why just not make green Cars cheaper....?

Peter Cavellini.

9 September 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Instead of a Green badge, number plate, why just not make green Cars cheaper....?

Quite. Applying a tax break such as on VAT or VED would be a much greater incentive than a novelty plate. Then again, it's a sensible course of action which means the Goverment will never do it...

289

10 September 2018

What a crock of shit....Green plates made of ...ahem PLASTIC!

Still, I suppose it is fitting that a 'car' called a 'Leaf' should have matching green leaves.....at least until Autumn when they will magically turn brown and then drop off!!!!

10 September 2018

I agree. Instead of offering this why not make electric vehicles VAT exempt. So for example, a e-Golf would be £27,384 OTR if no VAT was paid, whereas currently it will cost you £28,230 with the PIGC. This will proportionally help the more expensive electric cars as the PIGC is capped at £4,500. Of course as more electric vehicles get registered and clain the PICG the govornment will not want its outlay increasing so you will see them reduce the grant again as it already has done.

And of course the scrappage scheme has died out again - how strange! when the SMMT is saying how sales are depressed.

jellybeeetle

9 September 2018

Wow - bring it on!

9 September 2018

This will make it even easier to distinguish the cars I need to avoid when buying my next car. Tree huggers.

9 September 2018

This is already a thing in Japan who've had it for years - not really an original idea. 

 

Also I can see the 'Green Plates' being more of a thing to take the piss out of than wear a badge of honour! You need a lot more low emission hybrid supercars wearing them to make them look cool, not a fleet of priuses and leafs! haaa

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