Zero-emission vehicles will be eligible for the new number plates which the government hopes will persuade more people to buy a cleaner vehicle.
Zero-emissions vehicles in the UK will get special number plates from today. The new plates are available for zero-emission vehicles only and can be identified by a green flash on the left-hand side.
What's the big idea?
The government reckons 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. For instance, it will be easier for local authorities to spot vehicles which qualify for potential incentives like cheaper parking or bypassing congestion zone charges.
What do the energy networks think?
We think it's a great idea. Introducing green number plates and incentives for drivers of zero-emissions vehicles is a very welcome step forward. It will help to increase the number of electric vehicles on the road, improving air quality and helping us meet our climate targets.
About Energy Networks Association
Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the companies which operate the electricity wires, gas pipes and energy system in the UK and Ireland.
ENA helps its members meet the challenge of delivering electricity and gas to communities across the UK and Ireland safely, sustainably and reliably.
Its members include every major electricity and gas network operator in the UK and Ireland, independent operators, National Grid ESO which operates the electricity system in Great Britain and National Grid Gas which operates the gas system in Great Britain. Its affiliate membership also includes companies with an interest in energy, including Heathrow Airport and Network Rail.
What are energy network operators?
Energy network operators manage and maintain the wires, pipes and other infrastructure which delivers electricity and gas to your home, business and community. They are private companies which are regulated by Ofgem and employ around 45,000 people in the UK and Ireland. They are represented by their industry body, Energy Networks Association (that's us).
Energy supplier or network operator? Energy network operators are entirely separate to your energy supplier, which is the company that bills you for using electricity and gas. Energy suppliers and generators are represented by Energy UK.