More drivers in East Hampshire are switching to low-emission vehicles, new figures show, as cities look to introduce penalties for drivers who contribute to polluting the atmosphere.

But the RAC said the high up-front cost of electric vehicles – the most popular low-emission vehicles – was still putting many people off buying them, despite their lower running costs.

New figures from the DVLA show there 9,152 low-emission vehicles were registered in East Hampshire as of March 2023 – up from 6,252 the year before, and 1,288 in 2018.