The scheme would involve ultra-low emission cars, vans and taxis – including electrified and hydrogen machines – being fitted with special plates to make them more visible. It is designed to raise awareness of such machines and to support schemes such as low emission zones, vehicle lanes and parking spaces.
The Department for Transport has launched a consultation on the scheme, which is similar to systems already in place in Norway, Canada and China.
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. 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.”
The consultation will also consider a potential design for the plates, with the DfT suggesting that they could be entirely green on the front, back or both, or could simply feature a special green symbol.
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