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USA: NFPA Commends MA for New Electric Vehicle License Plates

Emergency responders in Massachusetts will now have another way to easily identify electric and hybrid vehicles. Massachusetts has become the second state to unveil a new license plate for hybrids and electric vehicles, a move that aligns with the goals with the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Electric Vehicle Safety Project.

James M. Shannon, NFPA president applauded Massachusetts’ decision to create such plates as the number of electric and hybrid vehicles grows. The move comes after NFPA conducted training for first responders in Massachusetts in July 2011.

“This is an important step in the effort to protect first responders and the public,” said Shannon. “If a first responder can easily identify the vehicle as an electric or hybrid vehicle, they immediately will have an extra level of necessary information that can enhance safety.”

Massachusetts is the second state in the nation, behind Hawaii, to offer specialized license plates as an option to electric and hybrid vehicle drivers. Owners of any of the 30 vehicles considered electric or hybrid in nature by Massachusetts Registry of Motor may swap their license plate for the new plate, for a small fee.
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