Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone

Plans to effectively exclude the most polluting vehicles from driving into the city centre have been given the green light after Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ) was approved by Scottish Ministers.

Residents within the LEZ have until 1 June 2024 before the regulations are enforced. For everyone else, the regulations will be enforced from 1 June 2023.

All vehicles entering the zone will be affected except for motorcycles and mopeds and those vehicle types or uses considered exempt such as vehicles for disabled persons. A penalty charge will be payable if the emission standards are not met.

Key Dates

1 June 2022 – LEZ introduced, but not enforced.

1 June 2023 – Grace period ends. Penalty charges will be enforced if the emission standards are not met.

1 June 2024 – Vehicles registered to a residential address within the zone become subject to penalties if the emission standards are no met.

The LEZ will operate 24 hours a day – all year round and cover 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 St to the east.

Glasgow’s LEZ is an essential measure to protect public health by tackling stubbornly high levels of harmful air pollution in our city centre. Its design also supports wider climate change ambitions by encouraging a move away from car use towards more sustainable forms of transport.

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