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Green number plates get the green light for a zero-emission future

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Green number plats are set to be rolled out from autumn, UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed, under plans to drive a green economic recovery in the UK.

As part of the government’s plans to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, drivers will be encouraged to make the switch to electric vehicles (EVs) through the introduction of green number plates. The plates will make it easier for cars to be identified as zero emission vehicles, helping local authorities 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.

The plates will be identifiable by a green flash on the left-hand side and will be available for zero emission vehicles only.

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.’

To further accelerate the government’s plans to drive a green recovery, £12mn funding for ground-breaking research into the zero emission market has also been announced to develop greener vehicles and help improve vehicle charging technology

The funding, made available through the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and delivered through Innovate UK, will see £10mn for a new 
Zero Emission Vehicle Innovation Competition. This will invite applicants to bid for project funding to support advancements in both battery electric and hydrogen vehicles, as well as charging infrastructure. 

OLEV is also providing £2mn 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 in future EV production.

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