If you’re thinking about an electric car for your next lease vehicle - and let’s face it, given the better air quality we’ve all experienced during lockdown, who hasn’t considered it? - then you will be able to wear a badge of pride on your car.
A green one actually.
Because from this autumn the number plates of all zero emission cars will have a green band down the side of them to signify their zero tailpipe emissions.
Now, many wags have suggested getting out the green sticky tape or their special fluorescent colouring pens to add something similar to their existing car plate.
But that’s not the spirit of this, is it? No.
The government says it wants to encourage the visibility of electric cars and hopefully local councils will come up with innovative ideas to provide green plates access to free or cheaper parking, or other areas forbidden to more polluting cars, such as clean air zones.
The initiative is part of the government’s plans to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, and will hopefully encourage drivers to make the switch to electric vehicles.
The plates will be identifiable by a green flash on the left-hand side of both front and back plates.
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