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Confirmed: green plates permitted from 8th December

18 November 2020

They can be fitted to new or existing Zero Emission Vehicles.

December 8th confirmed for green plates go-live

The Department for Transport and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles have now confirmed that number plates with the green flash are permitted on Zero Emission Vehicles from December 8th.


Existing ZEVs permitted to show green plates

Excitingly, they can be retro-fitted to existing Zero Emission Vehicles, so any vehicle that currently has CO2 emissions of 0g/km.

You can find a vehicle's emissions, to see if it's eligible for green plates, by completing the details here: 


What size and colour is the green flash?

The green flash should be:

  • colour Pantone 7481c or very similar
  • between 40 and 50 millimetres in width
  • retroreflective for 24 hour visibility


Your BNMA member manufacturer can supply you green plates

Talk to your number plate manufacturer to find out more about green plates, including supply of components or made-up plates.


Find out more

Take a look at the government's Road to Zero plans: 

or the full details of the Statutory Instrument amending the Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001 here: