The government is doing all it can to encourage motorists in the UK to adopt low emission vehicles, from offering reduced road tax to providing grants to lower the purchase price of electric cars.
But now the Department for Transport (DfT) has recommended a new initiative – green number plates.
The idea is that any vehicle that is classed as ultra-low emission would be given a green number plate to promote awareness of this kind of car, van, taxi or other auto.
According to the DfT, there could be other benefits to introducing green number plates. These could include allowing local councils to introduce initiatives to support electric vehicles, such as allowing them to access bus lanes, or even establishing low-emission lanes.
For cities that introduce low-emission zones it would be an easy way to identify the vehicles that are not required to pay the charges.
At present, there are low-emission zones in London, Brighton, Norwich, Nottingham and Oxford, although all of them with the exception of London only apply to buses, the RAC notes.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling said that there are a host of benefits to tap into if more people in the UK adopt ultra-low emission vehicles.
“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,” he stated.
A consultation has now been launched to explore the introduction of green number plates, with the government also considering featuring a green symbol on a number plate, or just colouring certain sections of the plate in green.
If you’re not ready to buy an electric vehicle, or a low-emission hybrid, you could consider car leasing deals as an alternative to give you access to this new technology without having to find the money upfront.