UK News Will green number plates encourage drivers to buy electric cars?

17:55  23 october  2019
17:55  23 october  2019 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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Drivers of electric cars could be given green number plates that allow them to use bus lanes and Town halls will be encouraged to grant incentives to cars with the green plates However, Edmund King, the president of the AA, said the green plates could incentivise people to buy electric cars .

Green coloured number plates will be issued for electric cars under government plans to encourage drivers to buy zero-emission vehicles . The government said the new licence plates would make the least polluting cars easily identifiable and help their drivers benefit from incentives such as free

a sign on the side of the street © PA

The Government wants to motivate more drivers to shift to cleaner electric vehicles, proposing a green number plate to reward greener cars on the roads.

A consultation recommends granting drivers with green number plates access to bus lanes and giving them free parking.

Grant Shapps argues that they will raise awareness of "the revolution that is taking place on our roads".

However, an academic has branded the Government's proposals as "pathetic" and a "greenwash".

The Claim

Grant Shapps said that the green number plates have the "potential to be a powerful motivator to encourage road users to shift to cleaner vehicles".

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The UK government has announced new green number plates on electric vehicles that could offer drivers extra perks. As a way of improving the visibility of “zero tailpipe emission vehicles”, the Department of Transport (DofT) hopes that the change to green will “celebrate and encourage the

“ Green number plates are a really positive and exciting way to help everyone recognise the increasing number of electric vehicles on our roads,” said Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps. “By increasing awareness of these vehicles and the benefits they bring to their drivers and our

A consultation by the Department for Transport suggests that the green number plates could help with local initiatives, such as allowing drivers to use bus or low-emission vehicles lanes, and give them free or cheaper parking.

The transport secretary said: "As technology develops at pace and as we prepare for mass adoption of electric vehicles, green number plates provide a simple way to cut through the complexity and raise awareness of the revolution that is taking place on our roads.

"Being able to differentiate vehicles based on their environmental impact will help inform road users and normalise the idea of clean vehicles."

He added: "From individual drivers, to business fleets, to cities and local authorities, the scheme provides a huge opportunity for road users of all types to engage with and show leadership on transport emissions."

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Green number plates on zero pollution vehicles would distinguish them from the rest. The Transport Secretary wants to make owning an electric car more beneficial by allowing eco drivers to use bus lanesCredit: PA:Press " Encouraging some cars into them will slow down public transport.”

Green number plates could be fitted to energy-saving cars in the biggest shake up of vehicle registration rules in nearly 50 years, the Department for Transport has announced. The plates , which will eventually give electric car drivers privileges such as using bus lanes and cheaper parking

The Counterclaim

However, Wired calls the UK's plan to put green plates on electric cars "dumb hypocrisy".

An academic has accused the Government of doing little to boost the number of electric car sales.

David Bailey, professor of business economics at the University of Birmingham, said that other than "a weak nudge" to encourage people to switch to electric cars, he is unable to see any logic behind the plan.

He attacked the green number plate proposals as "pathetic" and a "greenwash".

Bailey told Wired: "Saying 'Oh, we'll have green number plates' is not going to solve anything. There's no actual incentive specified to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles."

He argues that the government's policy on electric cars has been "a shambles frankly".

The Facts

There are more than 223,000 electric cars currently on UK roads, but the country is falling behind other countries. Electric vehicles only make up around one per cent of the UK's total vehicle fleet.

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Drivers of electric cars across the UK may soon be using special green number plates under new plans. But all- electric vehicles still represent only a fraction of total car sales and there are challenges to uptake, including a lack Media captionShould I buy an electric car ? 'A real incentive'.

The efficacy of plans to introduce green number plates for electric cars in order to drive up their sales have been called into question motoring organisations He said: “In the short term perhaps it would encourage some people to buy a pure- electric car but clearly that’s not something that’s sustainable.

A report from the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association found that, in the first quarter of 2019, the total number of hybrids and fully electric vehicles increased by just 2.4 per cent in the UK - compared to the EU average of 40 per cent.

The number of fully electric vehicles registered in France and Germany were 10,569 and 15,944 respectively, while the UK lagged behind with just 5,997.

Petrol is still king in car sales. In September, petrol cars made up more than 65 per cent of all new car registrations, while electric cars accounted for just 2.2 per cent of the market.

More than 7,700 electric vehicles were registered last month - more than twice as many as in September last year. By July, around 14,000 electric vehicles were sold in the UK in 2019, an increase of 70 per cent from the same period in 2018.

The Government's electric car grant was cut in March, with the subsidy reduced from £4,500 to £3,500. The grant for plug-in hybrid cars, previously £2,500, was axed completely, while the subsidies for electric vans (up to £8,000) and motorbikes (£1,500) remain unchanged.

The grant has given more than 160,000 drivers a discount on a brand new electric vehicle.

The sales of new diesel and petrol cars will be banned in 2040 - and they are expected to be phased out entirely by 2050.

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