These new plates can be fitted to new or existing zero-emission vehicles from 8 December 2020. This has been confirmed by the Department for Transport and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.
The front and rear number plates will carry a green strip on the left-hand side to make it easier to identify 100 percent zero-emission vehicles. This should assist local authorities when rolling out zero-emission zones and free parking for electric cars.
The government and DVLA first floated the idea in 2018, following similar schemes in Norway, Canada and China. The aim is to encourage the uptake of cleaner vehicles, as the country prepares for the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: “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.