What are green number plates and why do only some cars have them?

MOTORISTS may have spotted some cars on the road have green number plates – and these have a special significance.

The move is part of the government’s drive to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

Only all-electric vehicles can have the green number plates in the UK


Only all-electric vehicles can have the green number plates in the UK

What are green number plates and how much do they cost?

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed the move in June 2020, under plans to drive a green economic recovery.

The plates are identifiable by a green flash on the left-hand side and are available for zero emission vehicles only.

As part of the government’s plans £12million has been allocated for research into the zero-emission market to develop greener vehicles and help improve vehicle charging technology.

In a further boost to the environment, the plates are also 99 per cent recyclable and are more environmentally friendly than traditional acrylic plates.

The green plates cost:

  • Front plate (white) only – £18
  • Rear plate (yellow) only – £18
  • Pair of plates – £36
The green number plates cost £18 each


The green number plates cost £18 eachCredit:

Which cars have them and what is the benefit?

Green licence plates can be used on all-electric vehicles (EV).

Drivers are encouraged to make the switch to electric vehicles through the introduction of green number plates.

The plates will make it easier for cars to be identified as zero emission vehicles, helping local authorities design and put in place new policies to encourage people to own and drive them.

Initiatives could include cheaper parking and cost-free entry into zero-emission zones where those with a green number plate will be recognised as eligible.

Where can I get one from? 

The green plates can be purchased online on sites such as Amazon or at high street stores like Halfords.

Anyone wishing to change their plates will need to bring your V5 logbook with you for proof of ownership and vehicle eligibility.

Halfords say the plates will be ready to collect the next working day.

Drivers only need to charge electric cars once every three WEEKS as motorists are called on to be more eco-friendly


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