Romanian party proposes green number plates for electric and hybrid vehicles

Green number plates, UK
Green number plates, UK

Lawmakers in the Romanian Parliament  have submitted a bill to introduce green number plates for electric and hybrid vehicles to encourage a zero-emission future for Romania.

Under the proposal, electric cars would have green letters and numbers while hybrid cars would retain the black script. The number plates on both hybrid and electric cars would have a green reflection.

The bill was submitted to Parliament on Friday by a group of lawmakers from the Union of Democratic Hungarians in Romania whose signature color is green, a nod to the Hungarian flag.

Hungary was one of the first European countries to introduce the measure in 2015. Plug-in hybrids and electric cars can request plates on a green background. Vehicle owners are eligible for some benefits, such as free parking in Budapest and other

According to lawmakers the green number plates would help distinguish them from internal-combustion-engined vehicles.

The plans will allegedly make it easier to identify zero-emission vehicles and help authorities design and put in place new policies to incentivise people to own and drive them.

Green number plates have already been introduced in the UK this year and other European countries are currently considering the switch.

British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said 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.”

The Romanian Senate will debate the bill and it will then be voted on by the Chamber of Deputies.

Britain described the move as part of plans to drive a “green economic recovery” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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