UK set to copy China and Norway when it comes to green number plates.

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Low emission and electric cars in the UK could be set to get special new number plates to help boost awareness and give them special privileges, which could include giving access to special bus or low emission vehicle lanes, charging bays or ultra-low-emission zones.

The plans are part of a forthcoming government consultation announced on Sunday which will seek views on whether green plates could work in the UK, and if so, what they should look like.

Green plates are already used in Norway, Canada and China on green vehicles including electric and hydrogen cars, making them both distinct and visible to other road others.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said, that 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”.

Mr Grayling went on to say that the green number plate would be a “green badge of honour” and that it was a “brilliant way of helping increase awareness of their growing popularity in the UK”.

According to a government press officer, the consultation will consider potential designs for the plates, which could include entirely green on the front, back or both sides of the vehicle, or a green symbol.

China currently has specific colours for different categories. Green is for small electric vehicles and yellow/green for large electric vehicles. There are also be extra letters, to distinguish between fully electric and other vehicles (such as plug-ins and hydrogen cars).

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