Glasgow has introduced a low-emission zone (LEZ) to its city centre, meaning drivers of vehicles that do not comply with air pollution standards will face fines.

It comes into effect on Thursday 1 June and will be in effect 24 hours a day, all year round and is the first of four low-emission zones to be launched in Scotland. The penalties are harsher than those in existing low-emission zones in London and Birmingham.

The introduction of the LEZ is controversial, as nitrous oxide levels in all Scottish cities are now within legal limits.

However, Glasgow City Council says: “As the main source of this pollutant is from road traffic, Glasgow’s low-emission zone is an essential measure to improve air quality and help protect public health, especially for those most vulnerable.”

Glasgow LEZ map

The LEZ covers a single square mile in the centre of Glasgow.

It includes an area of the city centre bounded by the M8 motorway to the north and west, the River Clyde to the south and Saltmarket/High Street to the east.

The M8 is not included within Glasgow’s LEZ.

Glasgow LEZ
Glasgow’s new LEZ (Map: glasgow.gov.uk)

How will the LEZ work?

Automatic number plate recognition cameras will identify any vehicles that do not comply with emission standards.

People whose vehicles are not compliant will be issued with a £60 fine. This will be reduced to £30 if it is paid within two weeks.

People can only be fined once per day, even if they enter the LEZ multiple times.

However, the penalty will be doubled on each day a vehicle breaks the rules within a 90-day period, to a maximum of £480 for cars and £960 for HGVs and buses.

Motorcycles and mopeds are exempt from LEZ fines, as are vehicles registered to disabled people, emergency vehicles and military vehicles, as well as certain historic vehicles.

People who have vehicles registered to a residential property within the zone area have a grace period until 1 June 2024 to meet LEZ requirements.

Which vehicles will be fined?

The missions standards are as follows:

  • Euro 4 for petrol vehicles
  • Euro 6 for diesel vehicles
  • Euro IV for heavy duty petrol vehicles such as buses/coaches and HGVs
  • Euro VI for heavy duty diesel vehicles such as buses/coaches and HGVs

Vehicles registered before September 2015 that have a diesel engine, or a registered before 2006 with a petrol engine, will likely incur a fine.

You can check if your vehicle complies with emission standards by entering the number plate into Scotland’s LEZ checker here.

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