Ultra-low emissions vehicles, such as electric and hydrogen cars, could potentially be given green number plates in the next five years under plans which are part of a forthcoming Government consultation announced on 9 September 2018. The consultation will seek views as to whether this will work in the UK and also what they would look like.
The use of green number plates is thought to encourage the up-take of low emissions vehicles and promote their awareness. In addition to this, the green number plates could aid incentives for electric vehicles (for example allowing use of low emissions vehicle lanes). Countries such as Norway, Canada and China are already using the special plates.
On the 11 September 2018, the UK will host the first world’s Zero Emission Vehicle Summit where Theresa May will speak and demonstrate that the UK is one of the top locations for zero-emission innovation. The summit will be taking place in Birmingham and Buckinghamshire on 11 and 12 September 2018. This follows on from the Road to Zero strategy where the Government highlighted their goal for the UK to become the leader in the development and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles. The Summit will enable nations to congregate and agree to support green vehicle promotion.
This work is a part of the Government’s Future of Mobility Grand Challenge (referred to in its Industrial Strategy) whereby the Government aims to improve accessibility and the safety of travel as well as decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and open up more economic prospects for the UK.
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