Clean cars and vans could be fitted with new green number plates under government plans to promote awareness of ultra-low-emission vehicles (ULEV’s). Green number plates could also 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 special plates, which are already used by countries such as Norway, Canada and China are the subject of a consultation launched by the Department for Transport (DFT) which could pave the way for their use on UK vehicles in the next few years.
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”.
Adding a green badge of honour to these new green vehicles is a great way of helping to increase awareness of their growing popularity in the UK, and might just encourage people to think about how electric vehicles could fit into their own travel routine.
Elisabeth Costa, director at The Behavioural Insights Team, backs the green number plat plan. She 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.”
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