New green plates would highlight their environmentally friendly status and encourage others to ‘go green’!
New green number plates are being considered for low emission vehicles in the UK, which will highlight their environmentally friendly status to other road users and encourage others to ‘go green’.
The UK government has launched a public consultation regarding the green number plate idea which could see low emission cars, vans and taxis in the very near future driving around sporting a registration plate that reflects their ‘greener’ status.
According to the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the public consultation will “seek views on whether green plates could work in the UK, and if so, what they should look like.”
It’s possible that these “eye-catching” green number plates could arrive in the UK over “the next few years”.
Further details regarding what standards a vehicle will have to meet to be eligible for a green plate are yet to be finalised but electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf and plug-in hybrids such as the Toyota Prius Plug-In will more than likely meet the standards required.
An Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) has been defined by OLEV as being a car that emits up to 75 grams per kilometre of carbon dioxide.
The green plate will not only send out an encouraging message to other road users but those who qualify may also be eligible for free or discounted availability to current or future low-emission zones.
The green number plate will be like a “badge of honour” for cleaner cars and their drivers, says Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, who also hopes they will “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.”
Schemes of a similar nature exist already in some countries, including Canada, China and Norway.
Green plates are issued to those with ‘new energy’ vehicles in some cities in China, whilst people in Ontario who drive a plug-in hybrid, EV or hydrogen car are provided with green plates and get to drive in specially designed lanes for cars carrying more than one passenger, even if the car is only carrying the driver.
In Norway, the number plates of alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFVs) come prefixed with the letters ‘EL’, ‘EK’, ‘GA’ or ‘HY ‘, to show other drivers whether they are electrically powered, or run on liquefied petroleum gas or hydrogen.
The new proposal for green number plates comes before the International Zero Emission Vehicle Summit to be held this week.
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