To help inform implementation of the second phase of Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ), the council is seeking views through consultation on a variety of key aspects including its geographical boundary, enforcement dates and temporary local exemptions – as well as how it might influence people’s future transport choices.
Glasgow’s LEZ affects local service buses only at present, however its second phase, which is expected to be enforced from 31 December 2022, will apply to all vehicles driving into the city centre zone, including private cars. A grace period (additional time to comply with the emission requirements) will be considered for individuals whose vehicle is registered at a residential property within the zone.
To reduce levels of harmful air pollution caused by road traffic and to protect public health, Glasgow introduced Scotland’s first ever Low Emission Zone at the end of 2018. Only vehicles which meet specific, cleaner emission standards are permitted to drive into LEZs.
As well as Glasgow, some other Scottish cities are expected to follow suit; with plans for Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee to introduce LEZs by 2020. The Scottish Government is developing legislation setting out the detail of how LEZs will operate across Scotland, and for national consistency this framework will include matters such as emission standards, penalty charge rate, enforcement and exemptions.
To complement the introduction of Glasgow’s own LEZ, a wide range of work is underway in our city to improve air quality. This would include encouraging higher levels of active and sustainable travel, driving up standards in public transport and reducing reliance on private vehicles.
Cllr Anna Richardson, City Convener for Carbon Reduction and Sustainability said: “The introduction of Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone shows our resolute determination to tackle air pollution in the city centre and beyond.
“Given that our LEZ will affect all vehicles by the end of 2022, I’d urge as many people as possible to take part in the consultation. Whilst the Scottish Government will set out the detail of how Low Emission Zones will operate nationally, various local aspects for Glasgow’s LEZ are yet to be set. Participation will give you the ideal opportunity to make your voice heard.”