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  1. Published on: 09/09/2018 07:35 AMReported by: roving-eye
    Consultation will ask for views on how to promote awareness of ultra-low emission vehicles.

    Purely illustrative image of a green licence plate, the final design will be part of the consultation process.



    Clean cars, vans, and taxis could be equipped with green number plates under new plans to promote awareness of ultra-low emission vehicles.

    The special plates, which are already used by countries like Norway, Canada, and China, could be available on green vehicles like electric and hydrogen cars, and are thought to encourage take-up among drivers.

    As well as promoting zero emission vehicles, green number plates could help support local incentives for electric vehicles such as access to bus or low emission vehicle lanes, electric charging bays or ultra-low-emission-zones.

    The plans are part of a forthcoming government consultation announced today (9 September 2018) which will seek views on whether green plates could work in the UK, and if so, what they should look like.

    The consultation could pave the way for the addition of the eye-catching plates to UK vehicles in the next few years.

    It comes ahead of the UK hosting the world’s first Zero Emission Vehicle Summit this week, where nations from around the world will come together to agree to support the development of and acceleration in uptake of green vehicles

    Chris Grayling, Transport Secretary, 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.

    The consultation will consider potential designs for the plates, which could include entirely green on the front, back or both sides of the vehicle, or a green symbol.

    The Prime Minister originally announced that the UK would host the Zero Emission Vehicle Summit earlier this year and Theresa May will deliver an address at the event on Tuesday (11 September 2018).

    The summit will be taking place in Birmingham and Buckinghamshire on 11 and 12 September, bringing together nations from across the globe to pledge collective action towards zero emission journeys and showcase how the UK is one of the best places in the world for zero-emission innovation.

    The work is all part of the government’s Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, outlined in its modern Industrial Strategy, aiming to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, make travel safer, improve accessibility, and present enormous economic opportunities for the UK.

    The Zero Emission Vehicle Summit follows the Road to Zero strategy which was published earlier this summer and outlines the government’s ambition to lead the world in the development and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles.

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  3. cotton man says:09/09/2018 08:36 AM
    Green is not as reflective as the existing yellow, not a good idea in my opinion.

  4. donkey22 says:09/09/2018 10:08 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by cotton man View Post
    Green is not as reflective as the existing yellow, not a good idea in my opinion.
    And does anyone actually care about your opinion?
    Doubtful.
    They’re a brilliant idea👍

  5. paulollie says:09/09/2018 12:45 PM
    China, China, Jesus wept they & India belch out millions of tonnes of every king of effluent.....anyone seen what floats down their rivers etc.

    How much to produce the "Green" plates I wonder???

    My opinion before someone chips in by the way.

  6. MargeSimpson says:09/09/2018 12:45 PM
    Surely there should be 2 designs, for front and back, unless they are both now going to be identical if this idea becomes reality.

  7. turbo2turbo says:09/09/2018 01:13 PM
    Another waste of taxpayers money

  8. Little Londoner says:09/09/2018 05:05 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by turbo2turbo View Post
    Another waste of taxpayers money

    The taxpayers of this country didn't pay for my number plates so why are green ones any different. They normally come with the car when You Me or anyone else purchases it.

  9. Knot wright says:09/09/2018 09:36 PM
    can we take all our number plates off till the new colours are decided ?

  10. Sap33 says:10/09/2018 12:20 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Little Londoner View Post
    The taxpayers of this country didn't pay for my number plates so why are green ones any different. They normally come with the car when You Me or anyone else purchases it.
    I think the ‘waste of taxpayers money’ refers to the consultation that is mentioned in the article.

  11. nosobored says:10/09/2018 01:58 PM
    I will stick to the Braemar and Overfinch more people should buy RRs we could have the Chinese and Indians swimming for there lives in a couple of years..
    Quote Originally Posted by paulollie View Post
    China, China, Jesus wept they & India belch out millions of tonnes of every king of effluent.....anyone seen what floats down their rivers etc.

    How much to produce the "Green" plates I wonder???

    My opinion before someone chips in by the way.

  12. turbo2turbo says:11/09/2018 01:14 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Sap33 View Post
    I think the ‘waste of taxpayers money’ refers to the consultation that is mentioned in the article.
    Thank you I'm glad someone was intelligent enough to realise what I meant,


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