Ultra-low emission vehicles could be equipped with green numberplates in the coming years as the Government believes special plates could encourage take-up of clean vehicles.

According to the Department for Transport – which is to launch a consultation to seek views on the green plates – the numberplates could be added to vehicles in the next few years.

It added that the plates could help support incentives for electric vehicle owners, such as offering access to bus or low-emission lanes.

Countries including Norway, Canada and China use the plates and behavioural experts believe that the plates can be “more noticeable to road users.”

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“This increased attraction can help normalise the idea of clean vehicles, highlighting the changing social norms around vehicle ownership,” said Elisabeth Costa, director at The Behavioural Insights Team.

Chris Grayling, Transport Secretary, said: “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. This new cleaner, greener transport has the potential to bring with it cleaner air, a better environment and stronger economies for countries around the world. Adding a green badge of honour to these new clean vehicles is a brilliant way of helping increase awareness of their growing popularity in the UK, and might just encourage people to think about how one could fit into their own travel routine.”