In an effort to continue the ever-growing uptake of electric vehicles, the Government are proposing to introduce new green number plates that could come with a number of different perks and incentives. Currently in the consultation phase, it is hoped that the scheme could encourage even more people to by an EV.
One of the key benefits of the scheme would be green number plates making it easier for local authorities to create and introduce their own EV incentive schemes. These schemes – that could range from free parking to allowing EVs to drive in bus lanes – would be designed to attract more people into EVs.
Speaking about the green number plate incentive, the Department for Transport said that a similar scheme in Ontario, Canada, granted EVs access to HOV lanes and subsequently increased electric vehicle sales. Similar schemes are also being ran in China and Norway with great success.
This is the latest in the Government’s £1.5bn strategy to cut pollution and supports their aim to make the UK carbon neutral by 2050. At the moment, the main EV incentive in the UK is a grant of £3,500 towards the cost of an electric car and an exemption from road tax (providing the value is below £40,000. Both of these things are subject to change and were correct at the time of writing).
The proposal of green number plates comes shortly after new research has found that high pollution days – in cities like London – can trigger an increase in the number of heart attacks and strokes that occur on that day. The results of the study support previous research that stated vehicle pollution can cause respiratory and pulmonary issues.