New timeline for Scotland’s Low Emission Zones

09.16 | 28 August 2020 |

Low Emission Zones (LEZs) will be introduced in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen between February and May 2022, the Scottish Government has announced.

In September 2017, the Scottish Government committed to the introduction of low emission zones (LEZs) in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee by the end of 2020.

However, earlier this year, the plans were paused temporarily in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The new indicative timeframe takes account of various legislative and regulatory steps which need to be taken by the Scottish Government and local authorities prior to the introduction of LEZs.

Michael Matheson, cabinet secretary for transport, said: “The Scottish Government and members of the Low Emission Zone Leadership Group are committed to introducing LEZs across Scotland’s four biggest cities as quickly as possible. 

“LEZs are key to improving air quality, protecting public health and supporting Scotland’s wider climate change ambitions by encouraging more sustainable transport options.

“With the indicative timeline now established, planning continues at a local authority level and the Scottish Government will continue to develop the required regulations as well as providing funding to help people and businesses prepare.”



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