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Green number plates Electric and hydrogen motors may have to sport green registrations to help promote clean driving. Cars may literally have to go green, as the government asks Brits if low-emission motors should have green-coloured number plates. The Department of Transport hopes the change will promote awareness of clean driving. The consultation is seeking opinions on what the registrations should exactly look like. This includes whether the plates should be entirely green on the front, back or on both sides of the vehicle, or if they should just sport a green symbol.

If a change is proposed by Brits, the plan could be rolled out in the next few years for electric and hydrogen-powered motors. Other countries such as Norway, Canada and China have already put the idea of green plates into practice.

The consultation was announced ahead of the UK hosting the world’s first Zero Emission Vehicle Summit on Tuesday 11 September. Nations from around the world are expected to come together to develop the uptake of low-emission transport.

"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.This new cleaner, greener transport has the potential to bring with it cleaner air, a better environment and stronger economies for countries around the world. Adding a green badge of honour to these new clean vehicles is a brilliant way of helping 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." - Chris Grayling, Transport Secretary


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