December 9, 2020
This week the first vehicles with green number plates hit the roads. Green number plates can be used on all new and used zero-emission vehicles to help distinguish them from diesel, petrol and hybrid vehicles.
The plates are still the usual white colour for the front and yellow for the back of the vehicle but feature a strip of green on the left side of the plate, similar to when a plate has a GB tag.
The use of these new number plates is part of the government’s plans to push drivers towards greener alternatives in time for their ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030 and hybrids from 2035, which in turn is part of the plan for the UK to achieve net-zero emission by 2050.
Currently the plates are optional on newly registered cars, and not mandatory so you don’t need to have one if you would prefer not to.
These plates are designed to make identifying zero-emission vehicles easier, and in turn help local authorities introduce specific incentives for vehicles with a green number plate.
As many cities move towards introducing clean air zones (CAZs) that use number plate recognition these green number plates could be a big help for drivers, although at the minute you will still need to apply for an exemption in any CAZ zones if you have a zero-emission vehicle.
If you want to discuss how you can make your vehicle fleet greener or have any general questions about fleet management then give us a call on 01722 322 888.