Ontario to Introduce Green Licence Plates


Canadian province Ontario is to introduce green-coloured licence plates, available only to drivers of plug-in hybrids and battery-powered electric vehicles.

Sounds like another gimmick? Well, here’s the deal – vehicles sporting the new green plates will be able to drive in the province’s dedicated carpool lanes until 2015, even if only one person is in the vehicle.

Speaking about the initiative, Transportation Minister Jim Bradley said, “The McGuinty government’s plan is to have one out of every 20 passenger vehicles on Ontario’s roads an electric vehicle by 2020.”

The green plate will also enable drivers to use recharging stations at GO Transit and other provincially owned parking lots and allow special access to car parks at the University of Toronto, several Wal-Mart’s in the area, and at other private companies.

According to the Canadian Ministry of Transportation, the new plates will be available next year. This sounds like a good idea to me – people need as many incentives as they can get to shell out on a generally more expensive hybrid or EV right?

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Andrew Williams

is a writer and freelance journalist specialising in sustainability and green issues. He lives in Cardiff, Wales.