Craig McCracken and Rob Laugharne

Arnold Clark Autoparts will offer customers a range of aluminium vehicle registration plates to reduce plastic use.

The metallic plates now available from Arnold Clark Autoparts are manufactured by Hills Numberplates, which recently reported that 2,000 tonnes of plastic are created every year through the use of plastic number plates.

The new metallic plates reduce the typical carbon footprint of a standard acrylic plate by five times.

Rob Laugharne, managing director at Hills Numberplates, said: “Tackling tailpipe emissions is becoming easier with the adoption of new technologies, and several solutions exist across the aftermarket, but the carbon impact of car materials remains a challenge for many in the industry.

“That’s why it’s important that car manufacturers and dealers look closely at the parts and materials they use and make sustainable choices. We may not think a number plate could contribute to a car’s carbon impact, but these figures show that it all adds up.”

Craig McCracken, group factor manager at Arnold Clark Autoparts, added: “It’s important that we opt for more sustainable products when looking to extend the longevity of a vehicle. Metallic numberplates go a considerable way to reduce the amount of waste when applying new registration plates, with the standard acrylic one often unable to be recycled.”

Read the full feature on Motor Trader here.

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