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Government to launch green number plates and £12 million of funding

Green number plates

The Government has announced that green number plates will be rolled out from autumn for zero-emissions vehicles.

This announcement is paired with a £12 million investment into zero-emissions technology research for a cleaner and greener Britain, ahead of the Government’s goal to have net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The new green number plates are a result of comments from the public, local authorities and industry stakeholders.

It is thought that the UK’s new green number plates will encourage individuals to change to zero-emissions cars and will make it easier to identify these vehicles.

Drivers could benefit from local initiatives such as cheaper parking and cost-free entry into zero-emission zones where those with a green number plate will be recognised as eligible.

Green number plates

A green recovery is key to helping us achieve our net zero carbon commitments while also promoting economic growth.

Green number plates could unlock a number of incentives for drivers and increase awareness of cleaner vehicles on our roads, showing people that a greener transport future is within our grasp.

We’re supporting small businesses to develop the transport tech of the future through a multi-million pound investment, ensuring that UK businesses remain at the forefront of low carbon innovation and research

Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary

The £12 million investment will be used to develop greener vehicles and help improve vehicle charging technology.

£10 million of this money will be used on Innovate UK projects, where businesses can apply for a share of the money to perform research.

The funding will help these businesses to drive local economic growth through research and development projects in areas including charging infrastructure and zero emission vehicles, which could in turn create over 6,000 skilled jobs.

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