A row has broken out over plans to ban petrol and diesel cars from parking spots in a bid to boost electric vehicles.
Petrol, diesel and even hybrid vehicles could be prohibited from some spaces under the £12million eco-scheme being considered by ministers.
The project would let councils create green-coloured parking spaces that prioritise zero-emission cars.
But campaigners warned it would hit motorists hard in the pocket and claimed the idea was "virtual signalling".
Howard Cox, of the pressure group FairFuelUK, blasted: "Electric vehicles drive tax free and now we hear, they have a green carpet to welcome them to their exclusive parking spot.
"This is not saving the planet, this is virtue signalling on a gargantuan scale with the world's highest-taxed drivers, as usual, picking up the tab."
The proposals come as part of the Government’s drive to get people to switch to electric vehicles in a bid to tackle air pollution.
Ministers are also looking at technology that can charge electric vehicles in six minutes.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to ban sales of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2035.
The RAC said it was the upfront costs of buying electric cars that got in the way of many drivers switching.
Spokesman Rod Dennis said: "While the sight of green parking spaces for priority parking could be an alluring prospect for some to go electric, it's probably unlikely to be the strong trigger the Government wants to get more of us opting for an EV.
"Drivers continue to tell us that the biggest barrier to them opting for an electric car over one fuelled by petrol or diesel is the upfront cost.
"The price of running an electric car is much lower than a petrol or diesel one – but people need to be able to afford them in the first place."
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "Whether you’re taking a trip with the family or commuting to work, with the wide range of models at competitive prices, it is now more cost-effective and convenient than ever to drive and charge an electric vehicle."
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