According to new plans, the number plates of electric cars across the UK will now be green in colour. The decision is taken for local authorities to allow zero-emission vehicles to benefit from the incentives such as cheaper parking.
With the new plan, the government hopes it will be able to boost the sale of electric cars and as a result help achieve the target of net zero emissions by 2050.
The government is asking the public and the industry for its views on the implementing the new scheme. “As the UK moves at pace towards net zero emissions, the initiative aims to raise awareness of the increasing number of zero tailpipe emission vehicles on UK roads,” commented the Department for Transport (DfT) in wake of the new plan.
“Through the introduction of green number plates, local authorities would have a useful visual identifier should they wish to introduce incentives to promote the use of zero-emission vehicles, such as allowing these drivers to use bus lanes and to pay less for parking,” sources added.
According to the trade body for coach and bus industry- CPT UK, it would be a mistake if electric cars used bus lanes. By using the already strained bus infrastructure, it will further lead to severe congestion for bus passengers and will also force people back into cars, majority of which are not electric.
Figures suggest the sale of all-electric vehicles (EVs) has fostered since the last year. However there are still several challenges to tackle including lack of charging points on roads and fewer low-cost models.
According to a report by the government, introduction of similar license plates in Canada had led to increase in the number of electric vehicle registration.