Ultra Low emission vehicles could be given a green number plate according to GOV.UK.
Clean cars, vans, and taxis could be given green number plates under the government's new plans to help promote the awareness of ultra low emission vehicles.
The special green plates could become available on ‘green’ vehicles such as hydrogen and electric cars. Countries like Canada, China and Norway are already using this system.
The green plates not only promote zero emissions but could support and help local incentives such as access to low emission vehicle lanes, bus lanes, ultra low emission zones and charging bays.
The plans were announced on 9th September 2018 which sees whether green plates would work in the UK.
On 11th and 12th September 2018, the UK held the world’s first zero emission vehicle summit which saw nations from across the globe come together to discuss the development and showcase that the UK is one of the top places for zero emission innovation.
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.
Elisabeth Costa, Director at The Behavioural Insights Team said “We support efforts to increase awareness of the numbers of clean vehicles on our roads. Simple changes based on behavioural science can have a big impact”.
Green plates would be more noticeable to road users, and this increased attraction can help normalise the idea of clean vehicles, highlighting the changing social norms around vehicle ownership. They also reduce fuel consumption.
The consultation will be considering some potential designs for the ultra low emission vehicles, this could include a green symbol or both sides of the vehicle plate being green.
The initiative is art of the ‘future of mobility grand challenge’ headed by the government which was outlined in the modern industrial strategy which aims to help reduce greenhouse emissions, make travelling safer, improve accessibility and open some great opportunities for the UK.
The Zero Emission Vehicle Summit follows the government's desire to lead, develop and manufacture zero emission vehicles following the road to Zero strategy.